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Students from three schools in Nottingham are being fast-tracked into the automotive industry, thanks to a young apprenticeship scheme supported by the LEA, the Learning and Skills Council and Toyota.

The 33 students in the programme include children from Westbury special school, which caters for children with behavioural difficulties.

In the first year, students spend one day per week at a workshop run by Emtec, a industry training provider. Here they take part in lectures and practical tasks, working on cars supplied by Toyota. In the second year they spend one day a week at a local automotive business.

This programme provides students with theoretical and practical skills so they can join the automotive industry on leaving school.

While the students gain invaluable experience of the world of work and progress towards an engineering technical certificate, employers are able to recruit talented newcomers to an industry facing a chronic skills shortage.

Part of the series: Vocation, Vocation, Vocation

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