Opinion 31 Jan
Golden handshakes and flexible working could cure tech shortages, opinion
Difficulties in recruiting qualified and experienced technicians remains challenging for dealerships nationwide.
People News 28 Nov
IMI's 2022 Skills Competition celebrates talent of young automotive technicians
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has celebrated the talents of some of the UK’s top young technicians after revealing the winners of its 2022 Skills Competition.
Aftersales 23 Nov
Motor trade salaries ramping-up demand for skills increases, IMI finds
The automotive sector's 20-year high vacancy rate has led to increased demand and greater salaries, research completed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has found.
People News 3 Aug
'Shocking' automotive skills shortage affects all levels of seniority
Automotive businesses face an unprecedented skills shortage across all levels of seniority, according to a new report from Ennis & Co.
Car Dealer News 19 Jul
Batchelors boss not ‘going soft’ with UK heatwave opening hours changes
Batchelors Motor Group managing director Tony Denton has suggested that UK businesses may have to “start treating extreme heat like extreme snowfall” in a bid to better look after customers and staff.
Aftersales 29 Jun
Technicians are winning the race to become EV-ready, says IMI
An acceleration in the number of vehicle technicians training to become EV-ready has pushed back the expected shortfall in qualified aftersales staff from 2026 to 2028, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has said.
Supplier News 22 Jun
Volvo Car UK doubles retailers’ temporary vehicle technician support
Volvo Car UK has doubled the number of contractors within its Temporary Technician Programme (TTP) with Autotech Recruit after the initiative provided over 30,000 hours of workshop support.
Aftersales 20 Jun
Technicians at ATS Euromaster begin to get electric vehicle competence
Technicians in the ATS Euromaster network of tyre and maintenance centres have undergone IMI accredited training to work on hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) safely.
Latest News 25 May
Automotive ranked as UK's second ‘most attractive’ sector to work in
Automotive has been ranked as the UK's second most attractive sector to work in by respondents to Randstad’s Employer Brand Research survey.
Latest News 16 May
AM News Show: Making automotive retail a ‘home from home’ for apprentices
JCT600 apprentices have told the AM News Show how they overcame stigma about the automotive sector to find a new ‘home from home’ in Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz franchised dealership roles.
People News 8 Apr
Automotive sector skills shortage sees job ads reach five-year high
The number of job vacancies in the automotive sector has risen by 40% in the first three months of 2022, reaching a five-year high.
Car Dealer News 28 Mar
Sytner rewards elite technicians with Detroit Grand Prix trip
Sytner Group has celebrated its technician's expertise with its Elite Technician Challenge 2022, and the 13 winners are set to take an expenses-paid trip to the Detroit Grand Prix in America as guests of Penske Racing.
Opinion 25 Mar
Greater urgency required to solve automotive's EV skills shortage, opinion
As a major shortage of specialist maintenance technicians puts the take-off of the EV market at risk Sarah Sillars OBE argues that more urgency in the government’s response is part of the solution.
Aftersales 23 Mar
IMI urges Rishi Sunak to address funding for skills training
Steve Nash, CEO of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has urged Rishi Sunak to address funding for skills training in the Spring Statement.
Aftersales 14 Mar
Plugging the gaps for EV-trained technicians
Car retailers' aftersales departments need to take action to keep pace with dramatic changes in the sector such as electrification, automation and digitisation.
Aftersales 7 Mar
EV buyers will 'pay the price' for skills gap, warns Warrantywise
UK electric vehicle (EV) buyers will “pay the price” for the skills gap in trained technicans, unless the Government takes action.
Car Dealer News 7 Feb
Drive Motor Retail introduces new rewards scheme for automotive apprentices
Drive Motor Retail is marking National Apprenticeship Week with a new rewards scheme that will will fund its apprentices’ driving lessons in a bid to attract its next generation of technicians.
Talent & People 24 Jan
8 Questions to… Bowker BMW Preston service engineer Harold Bowden
Bowker Motor Group BMW Preston service engineer Harold Bowden speaks to AM for the latest instalment of the ‘8 Questions to…’ feature series.
Car Dealer News 13 Jan
Mercedes-Benz Retail Group workers to strike after ‘two-year pay freeze’
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Retail Group (MBRG) has been accused of adopting “disgraceful divide and rule tactics" after its technicians voted in favour of a four-day strike over pay.
Talent & People 18 Nov
8 Questions to... Snows Kia Guildford master technician David Weston
Fresh from his crowning as world champion in the Kia EV Skill World Cup 2021, Snows Motor Group's Kia Guildford master technician David Weston is the latest person to take part in AM's '8 Questions to...' series.