Lancashire car dealership and college create scholarship partnership

A car dealership in Lancashire has entered into a partnership with a local school to launch a new scholarship programme for students.

Chorley Nissan says it has signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with Blackburn College that will see its new £5.5 million Regional Automotive Technology Hub used to train up students with the skills they need to enter the motor trade industry, or gain experience to improve their general employability.

The partnership was created with £95,500 of funding from the Edge Foundation’s Innovation and Development Fund, which is used to link the college with industry in order to create a real world learning environment with new work experience opportunities to help students get into employment.

Hiring apprentices can be extremely worthwhile for car garages and dealerships as it provides access to talented youngsters who could become skilled employees in the future. However, when doing so it is important the business checks its combined motor trade insurance policy still provides adequate cover for the risks posed by having younger, untrained personnel on the premises.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, the scholarship will be open to motor vehicle students at Blackburn College. Once they apply the students will be shortlisted and then go through an interview process to get selected.

Adam Turner, sales director at Chorley Nissan, said: “We firmly believe that investing in the youth of today is vital for longevity in any business.

“The link has been developing over the past few years, and we are excited to finally put pen to paper and get things off the ground.”