A college and a car dealership have joined forces to open a cutting-edge motor skills academy.

Nescot College, in Ewell, and Shelly Motors, in Epsom, have become partners to open the Epsom Motor Academy in September.

At least 15 apprentices are expected to start on its two motor vehicle maintenance courses, which includes a day a week at Shelly Motors' garage on Longmead Industrial Estate.

As part of the apprenticeship they will use a state-of-the-art laser-precision-controlled wheel alignment machine and the latest diagnostic equipment.

Mohan Chana, director of employer engagement at the college, said they are very proud to be launching their first-ever motor skills courses.

He said: "We know there is a big demand for these courses in the area, and we’re particularly looking forward to working with Shelly Motors.

"Our apprentices will be trained using some of the most up-to-date engineering and technology in the motor industry."

Apprentices will be in relevant full-time employment and will also take classes such as maths and English at Nescot in Reigate Road.

Shelly Motors was established by Jack Shelly in Hawaii in the 1950s and taken over by his son Tony, a Formula One racing driver.

Jack’s grandson Andrew started washing cars in the family business aged 15 and is now managing director of the Epsom branch.

He said: "Investing in the future of our business and our industry is very important to Shelly Motors, and these new apprenticeships represent a good way of doing that.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming our first apprentices together with the support of Nescot, and seeing them go from strength to strength."

The academy is offering a two-year Level 2 course and an 18-month Level 3 course for apprentices aged 16 and over.

For more information on the apprenticeships call Dr Chana on 020 8394 3347 or email mchana@nescot.ac.uk