Top UK automotive recruiter teams up with City College Coventry to target industry skills shortage
While British car manufacturing hit a 16-year high in the first half of last year, the challenge of a national shortage of skills within the automotive industry is still an issue, which is most acutely felt within the Midlands. As a direct result City College Coventry are holding a Motor Trade Open Evening in March, in partnership with Autotech Apprentice, to showcase the new apprentice and training facilities on offer to garages and bodyshops in the Coventry area.
The event, which is open to local garages and bodyshops in the area, will highlight how to attract and develop the best young talent to maximise business potential, with top industry speakers from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), The AA and The DVSA.
Autotech Apprentice is a dedicated division of Autotech Recruit Ltd, the UK’s go-to automotive workforce solutions provider for temporary, contract and permanent positions. Established in 2016, Autotech Apprentice creates high quality apprenticeship solutions, supporting colleges, employers and students alike. Acting as a facilitator between all parties, the team takes the complexity and time out of hiring apprentices, while educating employers on Government schemes and financial incentives which are readily available to train the next generation of vehicle technicians.
With an education system geared to delivering an academic agenda, apprenticeships have historically been viewed as the poor relation to a degree, but perceptions are changing. With forecasters predicting an all-time record of two million vehicles rolling off production lines in the UK by 2020, an apprenticeship offers a route to harness fresh new talent to ensure that the industry has the practical skills and qualifications needed now, and in the future
“The industry needs a new breed of technician with skills to cope with the dramatic and frequent advances in automotive technology.” Comments Autotech Recruit MD, Gavin White. “Some cars have got over 20 onboard computers alone and we need good quality apprentices to be the skilled workforce of the future. However more needs to be done to promote the benefits of an apprenticeship programme to ensure that there is a sufficient number of young people with appropriate training to feed the motor trade’s growth.”
The Motor Trade Open Evening at City College Coventry will be held on Wednesday 15th March 2017 from
6.30pm and is free for attendees. For further information contact City College Coventry on 02476 791 700 or Autotech Apprentice on 01234 432 978.
To register for the event visit: http://apprentice.autotechrecruit.co.uk/city-college-coventry-march-2017/