The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to pilot an automotive ‘Working Assets’ programme to encourage young people to join the industry.
The Foyer Federation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to transform the circumstances of 16-25 year olds. Its 140 accredited learning and accommodation centres provide up to 10,000 young people a year with housing, training and employment opportunities.
SMMT members Ford, Toyota and Unipart have each joined forces with their local Foyer centre to undertake bespoke projects, training schemes and plant visits, as well as activities such as DVD production and getting involved in local sustainability projects.
SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt commented: “This project is a great opportunity to help ensure that all young people can access the employment opportunities of the vibrant and growing auto sector.”
Jane Slowey, Chief Executive of the Foyer Federation, added: “Linking Working Assets with the automotive industry will enable young people to broaden their horizons and access new places, people and opportunities.”