Apprentice, Honda UKUK – The vehicle-maker said it would expand its apprenticeship training for this year after receiving the highest number of applications since the scheme launched in 1999. Honda Swindon, which has become the production hub for the new Civic, is midway through recruiting September’s intake of apprentices.

At present, the successful candidates enrol onto the four-year Technical Engineering – Mechatronics Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme, consisting of on-the-job training and class-based learning. In September, Honda will introduce a second apprenticeship scheme, the Toolmaking Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme. This will develop tool and die maintenance technicians responsible for maintaining the specialist tooling at the plant.

Since the launch of the original Engineering Apprenticeship Training, 170 people have completed the programme.