Car manufacturers in apprenticeships drive

Car manufacturers in apprenticeships drive

Thousands of people could be helped on to an apprenticeship in the automotive sector thanks to a new scheme launched by leading car manufacturers.

The service, developed and funded through the Automotive Industrial Partnership, will help up to 10,000 candidates a year secure an automotive apprenticeship, where company programmes to which they apply are oversubscribed.

The service is expected to be of particular benefit to the automotive supply chain.

The launch of the service comes as research by manufacturing skills body Semta reveals how a shortage of adequate training in the sector could start to impact on the skills needed to sustain productivity.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: "The UK is the most productive of all European car manufacturers - if we are to maintain this position, it's essential that we have the right skills."

The announcement comes after a recent report from the Automotive Council found that as many as 5,000 job vacancies in the UK motoring sector could be vacant due to the lack of skilled workers available to fill them.

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