LAGAT celebrate partnership to deliver apprentices

(L-R) Brad Laking, Sam Morris and Jordan Dowswell embark on their motor vehicle apprenticeships.

Lincoln-based LAGAT Training & Recruitment is celebrating an important partnership to deliver apprenticeships in the county market town of Louth, and it is set to substantially increase in size over the coming months.

LAGAT has entered into a partnership with the Cordeaux Academy in Louth, where the latest generation of apprentice motor mechanics are learning their craft, whilst polishing their skills within local businesses and achieving a nationally recognised qualification in motor vehicle maintenance.

This partnership, will not only kickstart further vehicle mechanic apprenticeships, but will ultimately grow to offer further apprentices training within other sectors, including the fields of construction and administration.

LAGAT Commercial Manager, Mike Johnson, comments: “We are delighted to be working with the Cordeaux Academy. It offers excellent facilities within the former Wolds College, which is adjacent to its main campus buildings. Our first cohort of apprentices have embarked on their training and more are due to follow shortly. We are really pleased to be engaging with the local employers who are very positive about this initiative.

“Geographically, it makes sound sense for their young workers to study in Louth, otherwise the apprentices would have to travel to Grimsby, Boston or Lincoln, which is inconvenient. Travel issues can also lead to people giving-up courses.”

Cordeaux Academy Assistant Vice-Principal Dave Gates adds: “This Partnership between LAGAT and Cordeaux Academy marks the culmination of talks which have taken place over the past two-and-a-half years. Our partnership with LAGAT provides a superb opportunity for us to fully utilise the Wolds Centre facilities and support a local and national need.

“Cordeaux is a member of the Academies Enterprise Trust and is at the cutting edge when it comes to offering this type of training.  No other member currently offers apprenticeship pathways to their students. From our perspective, we are now able to extend our curricular offer to include apprenticeships to the young people of Louth and the surrounding area, at Post-16 level.

“Apprenticeships offer an alternative route into education and training for young people, with the prospect of a job at the end of it. Our move is in line with the Government’s commitment to create three million apprentices by 2020. Our facilities are right for the job, we have a qualified team of motor vehicle tutors and we are fulfilling a need highlighted by local motor trade businesses for this training.”

LAGAT Senior Business Advisor Kevin Leeming said: “Our first three apprentices have come to the Academy following our initial overtures to local businesses. We ran an apprenticeship awareness evening, invited companies to talk to us and now word is getting out.

“The apprentices are following a two year course and attending the Academy one day a week, from 9am to 9pm, during term time. They are studying for their IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs Competence. (QCF), which features mandatory and optional units.”

LAGAT is able to deliver apprenticeships for people from the age of 16 upwards but, under the Cordeaux Academy contract, it will be concentrating on those within the 16-to-18 years age group at present.