Landmark apprenticeship

A landmark apprenticeship scheme to bridge a skills gap and ensure quality standards within the automatic door industry was launched by the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (Adsa).

The Powered Pedestrian Door Technician Apprenticeship realises more than five years hard work, from initial idea, active partnership working and government green light, to devising structure and content and commissioning a suitable training provider.

Adsa managing director Ken Price said: “Our members clearly identified that there was a skills shortage for entry level technicians in our industry. Alongside this, there was a need for a consistent approach to ensure that those entering the profession were able attain a high-quality standard of knowledge in theory and practice.”

South Staffordshire College was chosen as the delivery partner for the PPD Technician Apprenticeship with cohorts of up to 15 apprentices working towards their qualification as part of a rolling programme.