New home for North East automotive manufacturer’s training academy

A North East manufacturer has launched a new training academy in celebration of 30 years in business.

Automotive parts specialist Unipres has found a new home for its specialist training academy at its Sunderland plant. The firm’s academy, which outgrew its former home at Washington Business Centre, features VR crane simulation and welding equipment, specially-created IT-equipped classrooms and direct access to the plant’s manufacturing equipment.

Stuart Sanderson, Unipres HR manager, commented: “For three decades, Unipres has been part of the fabric of North East business, creating skilled jobs and employment opportunities for local people.

“And what better way to mark the milestone of our anniversary at Washington than by making a commitment that will be of huge benefit to our future.

“The Unipres Training Academy, as an Employer Provider, has delivered training to over 50 enthusiastic young apprentices as well as 80 existing staff since it opened just over two years ago.

“It has helped attract more young females to engineering, opened vital links with local schools and has become a valuable asset in our constant effort to upskill employees.”