Mayor opens brand new National Express Training Academy in Birmingham

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, has officially opened a new National Express Training Academy in partnership with South and City College Birmingham.

The training academy includes a number of new classrooms, along with a brand new MOT pit lane and brake roller tester to provide students with hands on experience of working with vehicles. A National Express West Midlands bus and a number of other parts have been donated for use as part of the various programmes available.

The new academy, based at South and City’s Bordesley campus, aims to help tackle youth unemployment in the region. As one of Birmingham’s biggest employers, we’re working with the college to deliver pre-employment and pre-apprenticeship training for hundreds of people interested in job roles including driving, mechanical support and customer services. 

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said “This is a great project on several levels, it is absolutely vital for West Midlanders to have the opportunity to gain new skills, particularly in our work to overcome the youth unemployment challenge”

In addition, the South and City College is also supporting National Express with the development of our existing staff, by delivering a range of courses, including leadership and management training, welding and wheel fitment. National Express already has 40 managers and supervisors from across the UK enrolled on training programmes at the college.

The launch of the academy ties in with the government’s Year of Engineering campaign, which aims to tackle the UK’s engineering skills gap. It’s hoped that pre-apprenticeship opportunities available at the new training academy will encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering.

Published 15th October 2018