RECORD NUMBER OF HONDA GRADUATES

June 6th 2005.
A record 80 technicians graduated at a ceremony hosted by the Honda Institute on Friday 20th May, 2005.
The apprentices, from motorcycle, car, lawn and garden and ATV divisions, form part of one of the largest apprentice schemes in the automotive industry. The event was hosted by BBC Top Gear presenter James May. Apprentices train for three years, and graduates qualify with City & Guilds NVQ certificates. 
Honda's Apprentice Programme teaches academic and life skills, and secures more than 80 per cent retention of apprentices (compared to the national average of about 45 per cent).
Honda's Managing Director, Ken Keir, who began his career in the automotive trade as an apprentice, said: "The apprentices and families here today can be duly proud of their achievement.  They have laid the foundation stone towards an exciting future with one of the very best apprenticeships in the business. I am especially proud as today's record graduation confirms Honda's commitment to its people and raising standards in dealerships throughout the UK."
There are currently 170 apprentices undertaking the Honda Apprenticeship Programme, which will rise to more than 300 by the end of the 2005.