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About Us

Ignition Automotive Training is an innovative Training Centre fused with a real working garage. The idea was to establish something that gave people confidence and skills in a real work setting and gain experience, an industry recognized qualification, something for their CV and a reference. The fact is it does so much more than that.

We found that our service users (disabled, ex-offenders, people with addiction or mental health issues often haven’t done well in education. Learning for them is much more positive experience in a practical setting coupled with support through their other issues, done through a network of specialist providers i.e. debt advice, counselling, addiction specialists etc.

Social Enterprise of the Year 2017

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Training at Ignition is delivered in a fun and interactive way with a ‘hands on’ immersive approach to learning.

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Employers, are you looking for staff, an apprentice or a work placement? We introduce our learners to work in the motor trade and beyond, giving them skills up front and vetted for your business needs.  

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Training at Ignition is delivered in a fun and interactive way with a ‘hands on’ kinesthetic approach to learning and development.

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Meet The Team

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Ignition can offer a range of courses to support people towards a career in the Motor industry and beyond. Our Parent company Citadel Associates (South Yorkshire) Ltd has been developing innovative employment programs since 2008.

Ignition is a unique fusion between a Training Centre and a real working garage and offers IMI accredited Entry Level 3 and Level 1 courses to both adult and young learners. The learners are given the opportunity to work on live vehicles under the supervision of the Mechanic/Trainers. This gives them vital ‘Immersion’ into a real work environment. This means that they not only learn the contents of a course but how to put this into practice in the world of work, increasing their chances of employment. Giving them skills, accredited qualifications, something for their CV and a reference.

  • IMI Entry Level 3 Award
  • IMI Entry Level 3 Certificate
  • IMI Entry Level 3 Diploma


Ignition Training and Citadel Associates work hard to achieve the best in quality and standards for our customers, clients, learners and funders. This hard-work has been rewarded with the organisations and Directors becoming multi award winners.

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Sarah Trouten CEO, at the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs

From humble beginnings, David and his team have grown Ignition Auto Training into something quite extraordinary. The work this ambitious social enterprise does has had an amazingly positive impact on so many lives, while simultaneously saving stretched local services significant amounts of money. I’d like to offer my warm congratulations to David, his team, and everyone they’ve helped back onto the road to independence.


Edward John Chapman – Duke of York Community Initiative Award

Many congratulations on being successful in your application for the Award. We were both very impressed with the quite unique Ignition project, your commitment and your inspirational and participative management. I look forward to meeting you again at the Awards ceremony.

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The Garage

Ignition Garage is open to the public and the work is done by one of our qualified mechanics (see the team). Ignition is a Social Enterprise developed not only to give excellent car maintenance services to our customers but to support the local workless community.

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