The financing matches £19.1 million automotive industry investment in a series of cross-sector programmes that will inspire the next generation of vehicle makers and create new routes into automotive careers.
The initiative has been developed by the Automotive Council, a joint UK government-industry association, and will introduce a range of programmes that will benefit all companies in the UK automotive supply chain. Manufacturers will work together to identify and meet the sector’s skills needs, create an industry-standard jobs framework and ensure the UK automotive industry is in pole position for future growth. Young people will also gain first-hand experience of the industry in action, inspiring future generations of engineers and technicians.
Head of Technical Excellence, Jo Lopes, chairs the Automotive Council’s Industrial Partnership and has played a central role in driving the work, which will help ensure the future competitiveness of the UK automotive industry.
Commenting on the announcement, Jo Lopes said: “The Automotive Industrial Partnership brings together industry’s employers on an unprecedented scale. By working collaboratively and taking an innovative and sector-wide approach, we are ensuring that the UK’s automotive sector can grow and retain the skills talent that is so vital for the industry’s continued success.”
He continued: “Jaguar Land Rover is committed to investing in skills, both in terms of our own workforce, and also through our wider work with the Automotive Council, government, skills agencies and our suppliers. Innovative approaches such as the initiative announced today are vital in enabling UK manufacturing to grow and compete globally.”