Ghosn to give second annual Automotive Academy Lecture

09 July 2004 #SMMT News

Carlos Ghosn will give this year’s prestigious SMMT Automotive Academy annual lecture.

Mr Ghosn, who is president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Company, will deliver his lecture at London’s Lancaster House on Thursday 29 July 2004, where he will explain why training is more important to the sector now than at any time in its history.

The secretary of state for trade and industry, Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, will also address the audience, which is expected to be made up of around 200 stakeholders from industry, academia, training and funding providers.

SMMT Automotive Academy was set up to ensure that Britain’s automotive industry has access to skills that create world-class productivity through training. Now an integral function of the SMMT, the Academy has been established as a partnership between government, industry, the education sector and training providers.

The Automotive Academy is headed by chief executive, Dr Alan Begg and has its central operational hub in Birmingham. It will also operate through a network of regional spokes. Three of these have already been launched – Skills4Auto covers the Midlands region, while spokes in the North East and the North West are now also fully operational.

Dr Begg, said, ‘It is a privilege to have someone of the calibre of Carlos Ghosn to give the second Automotive Academy lecture. This reflects the high level of support the industry continues to give to the Academy.’

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