Latest News 6 Feb
LSH Auto, Kia and BSA support careers in National Apprenticeship Week
LSH Auto and BCA will host events aiming to help aspiring apprentices take their first steps towards a career in automotive as Kia UK revealed plans to re-launch its apprenticeship programme.
People News 3 Feb
Apprenticeship numbers and levy funding take-up ‘too low’ says IMI
Automotive businesses are missing out on apprenticeships that could help fill the skills gap, says the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
Latest News 10 Feb
NFDA Drive My Career leads apprentices in social media takeover
The National Franchised Dealers Association’s (NFDA) Drive My Career initiative is once again rallying apprentices to take part in a social media takeover to highlight employment opportunities in automotive retail.
Car Dealer News 24 Jan
Bowker Motor Group strikes-up skills partnership with Preston College
Bowker Motor Group has struck-up a new automotive technical skills partnership with Preston College with the aim of boosting the confidence of apprentices.
Car Dealer News 23 Nov
Minister for Skills congratulates Stoneacre Academy on outstanding Ofsted report
The Government’s Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart MP, has congratulated Stoneacre Motor Group after its Stoneacre Academy secured outstanding status following its first-ever Ofsted inspection.
Opinion 13 May
IMI open letter questions 2020’s £2bn Apprenticeship Levy funds loss
Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), chief executive Steve Nash has highlighted £2bn in lost Apprenticeship Levy funds as a demonstration of “inconsistencies” in Government’s approach to upskilling the UK workforce.
Car Dealer News 11 May
Arnold Clark launches ‘ground-breaking’ benefits package for apprentices
Arnold Clark will help its apprentices learn to drive and give candidates the ability to boost their wages through performance as part of a ‘ground-breaking’ new benefits package.
Car Dealer News 10 May
Vertu’s Farnell Jaguar Land Rover dealerships to recruit 27 apprentices
Vertu Motors is searching for 27 new apprentices to train for jobs at its Farnell Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) dealerships in Bradford, Leeds, Guiseley, Bolton, Nelson and Chesterfield.
Market Insight 21 Oct
NFDA HR survey seeks to understand car dealers’ employment issues
The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has launched a new HR survey in a bid to improve its support of car retailers through a greater understanding of the sectors’ employment issues.
Aftersales 5 Oct
Vauxhall and Group PSA combine apprenticeship programmes
Vauxhall and Group PSA are combining their apprenticeship programmes as the brands continue to merge closer together.
Market Insight 30 Sep
NFDA welcomes Prime Minister’s apprenticeships ‘reform’ speech
The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has welcomed a “Skills Speech” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, expressing hope that it may indicate a move towards jobs generating reforms.
Market Insight 6 Aug
Automotive employers put the brakes on apprenticeship starts
Apprenticeship recruitment in the automotive sector has fallen by 75% in June 2020, compared to 2019, new data from the Department for Education has revealed.
Aftersales 12 Jun
COVID-19 social distancing rules set Arnold Clark apprentices back a year
Arnold Clark chief executive Eddie Hawthorne has admitted that the car retail group’s apprentices will see their training “set back by a year” as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
People News 18 May
IMI launches Furlough Register to support apprentices
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is providing free learning resources to automotive sector apprentices to ensure they continue learning even when furloughed.
Aftersales 22 Apr
Coronavirus lockdown must not jeopardise automotive sector training
Thatcham Research has called on automotive businesses to continue their investment in apprenticeships despite the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown period.
Market Insight 13 Dec
Survey paints bleak picture of North East motor trade recruitment
More than three quarters (78%) of motor trade businesses located in the North East have revealed that they recruited under-qualified technicians in a bid to plug the sector’s skills shortage.
Opinion 13 Sep
Car dealers must invest in finance specialists, a guest opinion
In a bid to professionalise finance industry employees, attract young talent, and provide career progression for staff, the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) has been promoting Motor Finance Specialist Apprenticeships, created in line with the Government-approved level 3 apprenticeship standard.
Car Dealer News 5 Sep
Apprentices hailed as ‘the lifeblood’ of Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark chief executive and managing director Eddie Hawthorne has hailed the AM100 car retail group’s 835 apprentices as “the lifeblood” of the business.
Market Insight 23 May
Apprenticeship Levy's 'poor execution' leads to 26% new starter slump
The public accounts committee has criticised the Department for Education’s (DfE) “poor execution” of the Apprenticeship Levy after the number of new starters slumped by 26% in 2017/18.
Manufacturer 23 Apr
SsangYong Motors UK launches vehicle technician apprenticeship
SsangYong Motors UK has launched its inaugural vehicle technician apprenticeship, which is nationally-recognised by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).