Motor trade is “much more than just a job”

Delegates receiving an in-depth insight into automotive Apprenticeships from Mercedes training staff
Delegates receiving an in-depth insight into automotive Apprenticeships from Mercedes training staff

A career in the motor industry could be just the job.

That’s an attitude the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) was hoping to instill in careers professionals during a visit to a top-notch training centre in Milton Keynes.

Local careers professionals get to grips with Mercedes-Benz's state-of-the art training facilities

Local careers professionals get to grips with Mercedes-Benz's state-of-the art training facilities

The state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Training Academy, in Tongwell, hosted the fact finding mission, backed by the Employer Investment Fund.

IMI chief operating officer, Linda Stansfield, said it was all about challenging poor perceptions of the motor industry.

She said: “For many, because of the poor public perception of the industry, the automotive retail sector is not seen as a career of choice. However, the reality is that the sector offers fulfilling and challenging careers that are much more than just a job.

“These events for education professionals, aim to provide individuals who help guide young people in their career choices the necessary tools to promote the opportunities available in the retail motor industry.”

Skills are a crucial issue for the automotive sector and it is essential it attracts bright, enthusiastic and self-motivated young people suitably qualified in numeracy, literacy, science and ICT.

Visiting careers professionals were treated to a tour of the facility and received an eye-opening insight into the recruitment process that the company undertakes for new apprentices. Visitors also had the chance to meet apprentices studying at the facility.

The IMI provides information about motor industry careers through the website www.autocity.org.uk