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Trainning photoMotor industry needs to attract bright young talent

With National Apprenticeship Week underway, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is calling on young people to take a fresh look at the industry and consider an automotive apprenticeship. As the technology on modern vehicles continues to increase, so does the need to attract the brightest talent into an industry that employs over half a million people and contributes £25 billion to the UK economy.

The retail motor industry encompasses the distribution, sale, financing and maintenance of every kind of vehicle ranging from cars and motorcycles, through to vans and trucks. As a result, automotive apprenticeships cover a wide range of technical and management subjects, providing young people with the opportunity to forge a career in this dynamic industry. Colleges across the UK and Northern Ireland offer automotive apprenticeships, as well as all major manufacturers.

Steve Nash, the IMI’s Chief Executive, comments: “We have a lot to do in improving perceptions of the automotive industry, as it’s not generally a sector that’s 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.Institute of the Motor Industry training photo

We are pleased to support National Apprenticeship Week as part of our continuing efforts to attract bright talent into the industry capable of developing the skills and knowledge required to keep abreast of rapidly advancing technology on modern day vehicles. The automotive retail sector continues to play a significant role in the UK economy, so it is essential that it attracts suitably qualified young people and equips them with the skills for future success.”

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£10 million state-of-the-art GTG Training Acadamy imageGTG Training Academy is coming soon to the West Midlands and will bring with it a host of employment opportunities. The £10 million structure, due to open on April 8, has revolutionised the term; state-of-the-art training academy with its radical approach to diversified training courses from one centralised base.

David Scott Chief Executive of GTG Training said: “We are very excited with this new development in the West Midlands. Working with Wolverhampton City Council and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce to bring this deal together it is clear to us that we are moving into a region with an appetite for success through first class people development. When we were shown the range of businesses that have also chosen the Wolverhampton area as their operational base, and the first class skill mix within the area it was an easy investment choice to make.”

With the launch of the new centre, GTG is looking to recruit for a variety of positions including:

• Account managers

• Telesales executives

• NVQ assessors

• Business skills trainers

• Receptionists

• Care takers

• Recruitment specialists.

With a comprehensive employment package inclusive of private health care, life assurance, extensive training and excellent working conditions, working for this new-to-town business certainly looks appealing.

GTG Training Academy, located in Wolverhampton, will replicate the course calendar at its centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and will also be split into two dedicated sections; a fully operational and DSA approved transport division that caters for every aspect of automotive and transport training and a business section offering a wide range of courses from Business Skills, Computer & IT, to Health and Safety.

The extensive range of facilities at GTG Training Academy, West Midlands include:

• Conference facilities to seat 250 delegates

• A fork lift training centre

• Experts in the field of NEBOSH, IOSH and CPC driver training

• 17 classrooms

• Plenty of free parking

• Onsite restaurant.

David Scott continues: “From shop floor to board room, from recruitment to retirement, across all industry and business types, we have the knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure we deliver industry-leading training. This combined with our outstanding facility in Wolverhampton, will ensure the success we have seen in Scotland is replicated south of the border.”

GTG Training Academy certainly has the facilities to ensure it delivers both academic and technical training excellence. GTG’s move into the West Midlands also brings with it some exciting employment opportunities for people within the area.

For a full list of the available positions or to apply for any mentioned above, please contact GTG’s Recruitment department at, call 0845 602 3232, or by post to Arnold Clark Recruitment, 1 Brunel Avenue, Albion Way, Salford, M5 4BE.

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Suzuki GBSkills learning and career development are an important part of Suzuki GB PLC’s operations and the company is pleased to celebrate the success of 23 employees who have recently gained National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

Their achievements fall within a broad spectrum of training and qualification opportunities that extend all the way from Suzuki’s showrooms and service workshops to its administrative offices and warehouses.

The NVQ courses were available to all employees and are designed to help them gain qualifications and training directly relevant to their work. The areas covered include warehousing, business and administration and customer service.

The scheme is supported by the Government through the Skills Funding Agency, and offers a variety of subjects and levels. The NVQ level taken is determined by the individual’s job and level of responsibility and in order to gain the qualification, they need to meet criteria based on their area of work.

Each NVQ level comprises a technical certificate, which is a test of the individual’s knowledge of their occupational area, key English and Maths skills and a work book that covers employment rights and responsibilities.

HR Manager at Suzuki GB in Milton Keynes, Pete Smith said: “The ability to offer these qualifications to our staff is a real motivator, and the commitment shown by all in achieving their NVQs has been very impressive. While the government reviews its funding programme, Suzuki GB remains focused on development activities that will help the business and its employees to continue their growth.”