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Kia signs up to new 40,000 sq ft training academy at St. Modwen Park Derby

The unit has been adapted to suit Kia’s requirements, including the installation of additional power, facilitating advanced electrification training and upskilling on STEM subjects to enable Kia’s apprentices and adult learners to meet the evolving demands of increasingly electrified vehicles.  

Sarwjit Sambhi, Chief Executive Officer of St. Modwen, said: “We are incredibly proud to welcome Kia's training academy to St. Modwen Park Derby.

“Our site offers a high-quality, sustainable environment that aligns perfectly with Kia's vision for eco-friendly operations. The adjacent wildlife reserve ensures a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of staff and delegates, making it an ideal setting for learning and growth.” 

The academy also opens up significant opportunities for Kia's growth, enabling the company to increase delegate numbers, expand its range of electric vehicles, and enhance service capacity.  

The property is fitted with EV charging ports and benefits from intelligent LED lighting, smart metering and an on-site fitness trail.

Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia UK Limited, said: “We are thrilled to bring our new and enhanced Kia Academy to Derby. This move represents our commitment to supporting STEM education, driving electrification and helping our dealer partners build the workforce and skills they need for the future. Our investment in the new training Academy showcases our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation and sustainability, while solidifying Kia’s position as a leader in electrification and the automotive industry.”  

Kia UK Limited will take occupation by the end of 2023 following an extensive fit out period.

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