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Automotive Academy Motor Trades GTA Hull

12 Henry Boot Way, Priory Park East, Hull, HU4 7DY

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About us

The North Humberside Motor Trades Group Training Association (GTA) was formed in 1972 by employers within the Retail Motor Industry with the support of the Industry Training Body, the Road Transport Industry Training Board. Upon the cessation of the statutory levy in the late 1980’s, the GTA decided to become a registered charity in order to maintain its objective :

“To provide, further and assist in the provision of training for persons employed or intending to be employed, in road transport activities”.

Charitable status was achieved in 1990.   The GTA is run by the industry for the benefit of the industry and on a non-profit making basis. We are committed to high quality training demonstrated by our achievement of the Investors in People. 

We are an approved centre for the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and our quality standards are rigorously maintained at all times. Part of this achievement of quality comes from highly motivated, qualified and experienced staff that works closely as a team.  Because of our high standards we were awarded the prestigious IMI Approved Centre of the Year 2018 Award.  

Student support

We have a dedicated member of staff that is the nominated Safeguarding officer so learners have someone they can talk to if necessary at any time during their day at College.  All tutors are fully trained in safeguarding and equality and diversity and have a close working relationship with all learners.  One to one reviews are carried out periodically throughout the study programme.  

Learners have the opportunity to apply for a bursary on start of the course programme. 

We offer the opportunity to apply for a student union card after 6 weeks of attendance. 

What makes us different?

We are an award winning automotive academy specialising in the motor industry.  All of our tutors and assessors have worked for many years in the motor industry and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge with them.  Our class sizes are small so every learner gets the highest quality learning experience.  We pride ourselves on having the most up to date tools and equipment in our fully working workshop that learners use to gain practical experience to back up the theory that they learn in the classroom. 


We are located in reach of many bus routes in particular we are very close to the park and ride on Priory Park East. 

Additional information

We offer a range of industry recognised qualification to vehicle maintenance companies across Yorkshire, qualifications such as MOT New Testers, MOT Centre Managers, hybrid training, air conditioning and many more specialised courses. 

We have many links with garages and dealerships across the city - working with them for work experience and apprenticeship opportunities for our existing and new learners.  

Mike Kilgour

Mike started an apprenticeship in motor vehicle repair with the GTA in 1991. He worked at a local independent garage that specialised in fault finding and rolling road tuning. He had a keen interest in motor sport and vehicles which is why he originally chose to pursue a career in the motor vehicle repair industry. 

After successfully completing his advanced apprenticeship Mike went on to work at a local dealership. Here he gained further training and experience, completing numerous dealership training courses which enhanced his diagnostic skills. He progressed to become an MOT tester and a workshop supervisor.    

In 2003 Mike started work at the GTA as an assessor helping and supporting various young people to gain qualifications in the motor industry. In 2010 he was promoted to Lead Vocational Tutor overseeing the curriculum development and quality assurance to maintain high standards of teaching and learning in the organisation.. In order to progress he studied a Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Life Long Sector and graduated in March 2012.    

In Mike’s current role he is able to undertake a number of different short professional courses to enhance his knowledge of the industry. He is looking to complete and achieve a Level 4 MasterTech Technician accreditation in the near future so that he can deliver more advanced qualifications to professionals in the industry himself. Mike feels that the motor vehicle repair sector is a good choice as it is an ever changing industry which is at the forefront of technology for example the recent introduction of electric and hybrid vehicles.   

Ben Foster

Ben is currently in his first year of his three year apprenticeship programme at an independent vehicle maintenance company specialising in Mercedes light vehicles. Ben has always been interested in cars and when he was still at school he used to help his dad out working on his car in their spare time, carrying out services, minor repairs etc. This is what encourages Ben to want to have a career in the motor industry. 

He originally applied to the GTA as he wanted to undertake a full time course and was accepted onto a level 2 study programme, after which he successfully passed his IMI Level 2 Certificate in Component Fitting. During his time on his full time course he had the opportunity to undertake work experience at Motor Depot, he enjoyed his time there and realised that the motor industry was definitely for him and couldn’t wait to apply to us for an apprenticeship.

He is now undertaking his apprenticeship at Mer-Tech, he enjoys going to work for four days of the week and attending College on day per week. He said ‘I like working and being out of the house and earning a real wage whilst I am still learning’. Ben would like to pursue his career in the industry and has his sights on training as an MOT Tester once he has completed his apprenticeship programme.

He would recommend people coming into the motor industry as there is still a high need for mechanics / technicians and with the increase in electronic vehicles the changes are something to look forward to.

Nathan Everett-Atkinson found out about Motor Trades GTA from attending a Bishop Burton Pathways Event back in February 2015. He had a keen interest in motor vehicles even at school and applied to us and started his Intermediate Apprenticeship in September 2015.

Nathan fully completed and passed his Intermediate Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair in July 2017, and then progressed on to his Level 3 Apprenticeship in November 2017.

2017 saw the Intermediate Apprenticeship framework change to a Standard, meaning a big change in the delivery of the apprenticeship. To pass the apprenticeship Nathan had to undertake an End Point Assessment at the GTA once he had completed all of his learning. This assessment was assessed by an independent assessor from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). Nathan was one of the first apprentices to undertake the End Point Assessment and successfully passed in November 2019 - he is now a fully qualified motor vehicle technician.

Just a month after completing his apprenticeship, Nathan has been back to the GTA and undertaken an IMI Level 2 Award in MOT Testing so he is also now a fully qualified MOT Tester at his workplace; Triad Garages Limited.


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