Teams join forces to provide training courses for young people in Sunderland

Sunderland training provider Springboard has put a spanner in the works by teaming up with Chameleon to offer training to aspiring mechanics. Pictured are Springboard's Denise Wilson and Chameleon lecturer Dave Quinn.

Sunderland training provider Springboard has put a spanner in the works by teaming up with Chameleon to offer training to aspiring mechanics. Pictured are Springboard's Denise Wilson and Chameleon lecturer Dave Quinn.

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Teamwork is the key for a new venture to get people on course for a career.

Centre 4 Automotive Skills Training – C4 AST – has been set up by Springboard and Chameleon Vocational Training to run motor vehicle training in a newly-refurbished garage.

I’m very excited about this new venture and I am very pleased to be back with some familiar faces here at Springboard.

Dave Quinn

It comes after Springboard won the Echo Portfolio Award for training provider of the year in last year’s accolades, and Chameleon won the small business title, with their success leading them to move forward together to launch a partnership this year.

Dave Quinn, formerly of Springboard and a founder of Chameleon, will deliver the training to young people in the North East.

He said: “I’m very excited about this new venture and I am very pleased to be back with some familiar faces here at Springboard.

“The training we are offering is a fantastic way for young people to develop their skills in a working environment, and hopefully will be able to find employment after gaining their motor vehicle qualifications.”

The centre is looking for young people to sign up for the programmes.

Students will learn to inspect faults, repair or replace parts, prepare vehicles for MOT, service vehicles, fit and balance tyres, prepare vehicles for customers and deal with deliveries, with apprenticeships and trainee places also available.

Denise Wilson, Springboard’s trust secretary, said: “It’s all go here at Springboard at the minute and we couldn’t be happier to welcome Dave back to the team.

“Having a friendship for years has definitely benefitted the process of becoming partners and I can hardly wait for it all to get started.”