The National Certificate in Motor Industry (Foundation Skills – Level 1) and The National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills – Level 2) qualifications expire at the end of 2017. Avon City Ford Training Services management have concluded that for the cohort of students that we work with on our Youth Guarantee Automotive Program, it is very challenging to get these students through to Level 2. With our experience we believe that the new Level 3 qualification would be too difficult for the majority of these learners to achieve especially with the Tertiary Education Commission's (TEC the Course Funders), the Key Performance Indicators and Achievement Outcomes are set at a very high level. Due to these factors we have decided and have informed the TEC that we will no longer be delivering the Youth Guarantee Automotive Course from 2018 onwards.
We would like to thank all of the people and organisations who have supported us in working with these at risk youth over the last 18 Years. The challenges that we have had over this time far outweigh the rewards and the success that we have achieved with a number of these young people. We have all seen them grow in self-confidence and we are proud of those who have gone into employment, have enrolled into apprenticeships and who are now qualified trades people as well as those ex-students who now have their own businesses.
The good news is that we are still in business and we will still be working with young people but at school. We have secured Dual Pathways Funding this program will align up with the STAR and Gateway courses we deliver for the high schools. It is pleasing to see that the education system and the high schools are giving students better opportunities and more informed direction that is giving students a purpose for their education. We will be there to support, guide, educate and give opportunities for the next generation who want to enter into the automotive industry as well as endeavouring to help these students transition from school into employment.