The Motor Vehicle Team
  • The Award for FE Team of the Year (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • The Bedford College Group
  • Bedford, Bedfordshire

Led by Head of Motor Vehicle, James Woolley and the team worked hard to redevelop a new Centre in Bedford to lead the way in offering cutting-edge training in electric vehicle maintenance.

They used their own industry experience to keep students engaged during lockdowns through a dedicated YouTube channel, as well as opening the refurbished college building as a cutting-edge training centre for local school leavers, adults and employers. Redeveloped from an old engineering training unit, the new centre houses electric vehicle and hybrid technology, enabling students leave college with the skills needed for this growing industry.

Throughout the refurbishment, tutors kept in contact with many former students, with two now training to be lecturers in the team! The great relationship with the alumni has inspired alumni to return for short day-courses to gain skills in electric and hybrid technology in response to the government initiatives to increase usage on UK roads.

The team also developed and maintained strong long-term partnerships with large local employers such as BCA and The RAC to ensure that students can access apprenticeships, internships or full-time employment.