Shifting gear: time to grasp opportunities in electric automotive manufacturing

Governmental priorities, customer expectations, technological innovations, environmental targets. All are driving the growth in battery operated vehicle production in the UK.

Propulsion systems represent up to 50% of the value of a vehicle, so there is a considerable economic gain if the UK can position itself at the forefront of developing this next generation technology. All this, and more, was one of the key subjects at the recent SMMT International Automotive Summit in London.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, recently announced a £28m investment to support the development of battery technology at the new Coventry Battery Industrialisation Centre, targeted as a centre of excellence and creating highly skilled jobs and delivering practical training to workers.

Recruiting, retraining and retaining highly skilled workers that can deal with the shift to electric will require robust strategies, especially given the competitiveness of the automotive sector.

With all this in mind, has there ever been a more credible, convincing case for Apprenticeships in your business?

The road to apprenticeships

At Cidori we think not…the Apprenticeship Levy offers unprecedented opportunities for organisations to refresh talent and upskill their existing employees.

Industry heavyweights like Jaguar Land Rover have already decided to invest hundreds of millions to build a range of electric vehicles at its Castle Bromwich, Birmingham plant. Others will no doubt soon follow.

It’s clear to us that innovative, robust learning and development strategies focused on developing the next generation of vehicle manufacturing workers, will be imperative for future growth and survival.

This training and development can be funded through Levy pots. Yet research tells us that many Levy paying UK manufacturers are yet to fully tap into the rich potential it affords:

  • On-the-job training at your plant(s) with dedicated, qualified tutors.
  • Apprenticeship programmes for existing employees as well as new recruits.
  • Programmes available fromLevel 2 nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Cost-effective, funded development of your talent pipeline and upskilling existing employees.
  • Bespoke apprenticeships designed around your business, so you can invest in your competitive advantage
  • Massive business benefits – operationally, financially, competitively, culturally

Driving your success

Cidori will work with your business – and not just within the automotive sector –  to ensure you get the required return on your levy investment.

Experience shows us that transferring learning into new skills brings substantial bottom line gains to your business, as well as helping to foster the culture and mind-set that retains your best employees and keeps your customers loyal.

Find out more 

For a no-obligation discussion on how your business can benefit from one of our tailored apprenticeship programmes, please speak to:

David Murfitt
dmurfitt@cidori.co.uk
01788 851230
07930 493038

Useful links

Driving value through automotive apprenticeships (Blog)
Apprenticeships at Lear (Case Study)