A campaign by the National Franchised Retailers to promote a greater understanding of automotive retail saw the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP step into the showroom at Inchcape Volkswagen in Twickenham.
Volvo has opened a new £6 million training and development centre in Daventry to help support its ambitions to become a leading premium brand competitor in the UK.
Jardine Motors Group has launched an new apprenticeship scheme which will see the next-generation of talented technicians receive £10,000 worth of tools.
The Stoneacre Motor Group has celebrated the graduation of a further 48 aspiring automotive operators from its Ofsted-accredited Acasdemy.
Ferrari North Europe welcomed four new service advisors and two new parts advisors to its retail network after hosting a graduation from its apprenticeship scheme.
The apprenticeship levy, pensions auto-enrolment and increases in the minimum wage are causing significant concern among most British businesses.
Apprenticeships are proving a turn-off among school leavers as the desire to start earning overcomes parents’ hopes of sending their teenagers to university, the IMI has found.
Arnold Clark has been announced as the principal partner for the 16th Scottish Apprenticeship Awards.
Vertu Motors has announced the launch of a pioneering apprentice scheme offering the chance for participants to gain a free degree and the promise of an £18,000-a-year base salary.
Delegates at the AM and Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) People Conference gain new insight into the apprenticeship levy and compliance.
Doubt has been cast over the UK motor industry ahead of the General Election today, with the majority of businesses in the sector finding it increasingly difficult to fill job vacancies.
UK employers are planning to give pay rises of just 1% this year, the lowest increase for more than three years, reports the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Prof Jim Saker asks if UK businesses, apprentices and training providers will get a fair deal from the apprenticeship levy.
Small to medium sized dealer groups may experience a delay in receiving their apprenticeship funding due to the number of companies applying to access levy money.
The automotive retail sector must do more than simply “rely on a person’s passion for cars” when attracting the talents of the future, according to TrustFord HR director Sharon Ashcroft.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is confident dealer groups will be able to use all funding from their apprenticeship levy to avoid handing back unused money to the Government.
Changing legislation poses challenges for how motor retailers deal with their workers
The Institute of the Motor Industry has appointed Mark Armitage as senior apprenticeship manager to help dealers, training providers and colleges meet the demands of the new levy.
The apprenticeship levy risks being “poor value for money” as it draws an additional £2.8 billion from private business but yields just a £640 million rise in government spending, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Dealers have been warned of significant changes in employment law in 2017.
Automotive Management Live: Where franchised and independent dealers will find everything they need to know about operating a modern showroom and service and repair facility fit for the digital age.
When: November 12 2020
Where: Birmingham NEC
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