The move sees the firm launch its first ever Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme which is a three-year programme leading to an NVQ Level 3.
Launched a year ahead of schedule, the scheme complements the company’s existing graduate and work placement programmes.
Initially, the apprenticeship scheme will focus on production engineering and will see apprentices getting hands-on experience at the McLaren Production Centre while being supervised by experienced technicians.
Apprentices will complete a programme of training that includes gaining knowledge of vehicle assembly techniques, fabrication and machine tools as well as an understanding of how to interpret data, problem solve and develop process documentation.
McLaren Automotive’s chief executive officer, Mike Flewitt, said: “Since McLaren Automotive launched its first product in 2011, we’ve created significant success by building some of the world’s finest sports and supercars.
“But to create these cars, we have also built a strong team of committed, competent and passionate people. And key to the future success of the company is recruiting young, talented and highly-motivated engineers and an important part of that is apprenticeships.”
To enhance their learning, the apprentices will work on a day-release basis at a number of local colleges, working towards the nationally-recognised NVQ Level 3 qualification in Automotive Engineering.
Investigations are also underway into apprenticeships within the product development area at the McLaren Technology Centre.
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