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Partnership with EAL awards secures Motorsport Training

A partnership between EAL, The National College for Motorsport and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) has been developed to safeguard the progression of apprentices and other students at key British motoring venues.

The £9bn motorsport industry, and a key employer in Northamptonshire where the National College for Motorsport is based, was previously forced to qualify its new technician talent with unrelated qualifications from the car sales sector – but now specialist vocational awards have been launched to plug the skills gap.

Jim Harrod, Head of School for the National College for Motorsport and the team have been working closely with EAL, the specialist, employer-recognised awarding organisation for the engineering and related sectors to develop the brand new curriculum to suit the needs of employers within the industry and ensuring apprentices leave college with the right skills.

Jim Harrod said: “Without credible qualifications designed to meet the needs of the motorsport industry, it will be difficult to expand our provision at Silverstone to provide good progression for students into this demanding sector. I feel it is crucial a credible pathway for race technician training is forged to ensure that learners wishing to follow this exciting career can do so.”

Julia Chippendale, Managing Director of EAL, said: “While Britain’s racing drivers and teams enjoyed another great season at the Formula One World Championship, World Rally Championship and Grand Prix motorcycle racing, among other key motoring events, behind the scenes the talent pipeline of race technicians was straining under the industry’s accelerating success.

“Working with the National College for Motorsport and MIA, we identified a crucial gap in provision in the motorsport industry. In partnership, we developed bespoke, nationally accredited qualifications to secure the skills pipeline and help thousands of learners enter into this exciting industry.”

Chris Aylett is Chief Executive of the MIA, which represents over 4000 companies, employing 40,000 people in the UK. He said: “Qualifications previously in use in this specialised area of training appeared to be derived from unrelated awards created for the retail motor vehicle sector – not the £9bn UK motorsport industry in which we are world leaders. These training qualifications had no resemblance to work being carried out by race mechanics and the like, and so persistently fell short of the expectations of employers in our sector.”

EAL, which awards qualifications in the engineering and manufacturing sector, has developed two Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) specifically for the motorsport industry with the National College for Motorsport:

  • EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology – Motorsport (QCF)
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology – Motorsport (QCF).

Picture above shows Julia Chippendale, MD of EAL and Jim Harrod Head of National College for Motorsport.

Further details can be found on the EAL Website