Automotive recruitment company sponsors apprenticeship programme to help battle industry’s skill shortages

Last month Autotech Recruit joined forces with Vindis Group (Bedford Audi) to support the dealer’s high quality Audi Apprenticeship Programme for young people wanting to become future vehicle technicians.

The announcement comes alongside the official reports that whilst the booming UK automotive industry grew 6% in 2014 alone and in a few years’ time will never have employed so many workers, one of its biggest challenges is shortage of skills and not enough is being done to ensure that there is a sufficient number of young people with appropriate training to feed the motor trade’s growth.

Gavin White, Autotech Recruit’s Managing Director said:

“Whilst it is great news to see automotive vacancies on the rise with 27,000 new jobs created last year alone, it is worrying the number not being filled due to skills shortages is going the same way.

“Apprenticeships offer a great solution to this problem and for that reason Autotech Recruit decided to promote this idea within the industry by actively supporting automotive businesses in the recruitment process, financial sponsorship and training of the next generation of vehicle technicians.”

“According to recent government data apprenticeships generate economic returns for the UK of £26 to £28 per pound invested and are considered to be a key route to boosting the industry’s productivity.”

“To kick off the programme, we teamed up with one of our largest clients, Vindis Group, and in October 2015 our first two apprentices sponsored by Autotech Recruit joined the company’s Audi Apprenticeship Programme at Bedford Audi.”

Lee Macintyre and Jake Bartlett, both 21, were carefully selected from a number of candidates are now both 6 weeks into their 36-month apprenticeship with Vindis Group and Audi UK.

“I wanted to learn how servicing and repairing vehicles works in the real world and this apprenticeship was a great way to do that. It gives me the best of both worlds, gaining practical skills and theoretical knowledge, whilst being paid for by Autotech Recruit,” Jake said.

“It think the apprenticeship is a great start to a career and they should be more widely used in the automotive industry to encourage more people to learn this profession,” his colleague, Lee added.

Richard Hillier, Head of Business at Bedford Audi, is convinced high-quality apprenticeships are the way forward for the automotive industry.

“Vehicle mechanics have moved on at such a quick pace over the last few years. The UK motor industry is experiencing some difficulty finding workers who possess the right blend of skills and education to complete technical jobs effectively.”

“When Autotech Recruit approached us and offered to support recruitment and training as well as providing sponsorship of two apprentices, it was clear that although their offer was commendable and innovative, it was also a sound investment.”

“Perhaps there is a future in more suppliers supporting their customers within the automotive community with schemes such as this one.”

“With Lee and Jake now on board, we will have a chance to end up with people specifically trained to fit into our business and we can trust to work to the highest standards,” he concluded.

To encourage more young people to take the apprenticeship route into the automotive industry, Autotech Recruit will be keeping everyone up-to-date with Lee and Jake’s experience and progress as apprentice vehicle technicians at Vindis Group (Bedford Audi) at

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