This year, the UK Government is
planning to invest a huge £1.5 billion into apprenticeship schemes with a significant investment in the engineering industry.
Apprenticeships present young engineering talent with an invaluable opportunity, provide businesses with a staffing resource and, perhaps most crucially, they make a significant contribution to the economy.
With this in mind, we wanted to explore how this will affect the recruitment landscape for the automotive industry, paying close attention to the impact on skills shortages and the creation of new opportunities.
Aiding skill shortages
With skill shortages on the rise in a number of sectors, it’s easy to see why there’s a drive to incentivise investment in this area. At Fircroft we’re also trying to help plug the skills gap by working with talented young engineers who have studied at degree level - from process engineers to design and manufacturing engineers. We have a number of roles on offer for graduates, and contract roles in particular present opportunities for talented young graduates to fill skills gaps and gain valuable experience in the industry.
Opportunities for senior engineers
In addition to the economic and skills contributions, apprenticeship schemes and the employment of young graduates also has a knock on effect for more senior and experienced engineers. With an increased volume of new talent coming into the industry, there is a growing demand from clients for experienced mentoring figures/senior engineers across all specialisms to take on roles which also involve an element of training.
Vince gives apprentice engineers his support
Business Secretary Vince Cable spoke out earlier this year about apprenticeship schemes, hammering home the importance of the new engineering generation: “We need a pipeline of engineers. With a concerted effort from all sides, a decade of engineering can help solve the problem [of skills shortages].” This hit the nail on the head, as the crux of the apprenticeship issue is its contribution towards eradicating skill shortages.
OEMs do their bit
Many auto manufacturers are doing their bit to get young talent into the industry – namely Jaguar Land Rover and Bentley. JLR have taken on around 300 graduates and another 300 apprentices over the last two years alone and are keen to build on this by creating apprenticeship roles in a range of areas. These include manufacturing, production, and are opportunities for ‘higher apprentices’ to fill the more engineering-focused roles.
This activity from OEMs, the government and recruiters like us is all very encouraging. With any luck we’ll see the real significance of this investment in the years to come as the industry continues to develop and new engineers rise up through the ranks.
You can find out more about our graduate roles by getting in touch with our team of experienced consultants or by checking the site for the latest automotive graduate vacancies.