Ford unveils plans for training college

New college built by Ford
New college built by Ford

Ford has unveiled plans for a new multi-million pound training centre, bringing more jobs and students to Daventry.

The new college will be on Ford’s current site off Royal Oak Way South and will replace the current facility on the site.

The centre will merge the capabilities of the existing Ford college – the Technical Training Centre, close to the Leamington Way/Yeomanry Way roundabout, with the Henry Ford College in Loughborough, which trains technicians, sales staff and management across Ford’s national dealer network.

Construction on the new site is expected to be completed in December and is scheduled to open in early 2015, when the Loughborough facility will close.

It will deliver courses to adult learners up to diploma and masters degree level, as well as students taking the Ford Masters Apprenticeship programmes.

The building will include classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium and a vehicle showroom, in addition to a restaurant.

Ford College manager Stuart Harris said: “This new training centre is a fantastic opportunity to consolidate our industry-leading training programmes, enabling us to provide face-to-face tuition in a real-world working environment.”

Daventry’s MP Chris Heaton-Harris welcomed the announcement.

He said: “This is really positive news for Daventry. It is a recognition of the very good workforce that already exists at the parts centre and the training centre.

“That a major global company wants to focus this aspect of its work in Daventry is a tribute to the people who already work there.”