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Fine tuning the next generation of mechanics

Blackburn College are delighted to announce the continuation of their partnership with Lancashire motor dealer Simpsons SKODA.

Designed to ensure that the next generation of mechanics have up-to-date and industry relevant skills, the partnership provides Motor Vehicle students from Blackburn College with work placement and scholarship opportunities.

Neil Simpson, Managing Director of Simpsons SKODA said “This partnership is a fantastic way of ensuring that the right kind of talent is coming through to serve the industry in the future.

“The motor vehicle industry changes so quickly that students need to be up-to-date with the latest skills and technological improvements.

“This partnership allows us to work with Blackburn College to ensure that curriculum develops in-line with industry requirements and that students leave with the best possible skill-sets in order to progress within the motor vehicle industry.”

Blackburn College have a fantastic range of Motor Vehicles programmes available including Entry Level Maintenance and Repair Specialist; Level 2 Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair, and Level 3 Auto Electrical Specialist.

Craig Midgely, Head of School for Technical Studies at Blackburn College said: “We are delighted to be able to continue this partnership with Simpsons SKODA.

“The Simpsons SKODA Scholarship offers students work placements and the opportunity to develop their skills with a Simpsons SKODA work-based mentor.

“The programme also allows Blackburn College students to work on Simpsons SKODA vehicles and the chance to learn the latest industry skills from a Simpsons SKODA Master Technician.

“It is a fantastic programme and we are proud to be able to continue this successful partnership with Simpsons SKODA into another academic year.”

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire.Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.