Currently the UK automotive industry is riding high in the European market but without a steady stream of new blood willing to step into engineering roles the UK runs the risk of losing not only momentum but it's place within the automotive manufacturing market.
Here at ITP Group we are keen to inspire young engineers of the future and aside from employing apprentices, we are involved with Coventry University inspiring engineers of the future.
There are up to 5,000 current vacancies in the automotive industry, according to figures published today by the Automotive Council. Around 19 per cent of the unfilled vacancies were having a significant impact on business operations. The majority of the skills shortages are in engineering – the top two in-demand roles are design and production engineers. Last year the UK car industry produced 1.59m vehicles, its best year for a decade. It is in part thanks to greater productivity levels, which have risen 40 per cent since 2010. “The struggle to fill vacancies is holding back growth and opportunities for business, and it is essential that both government and industry work together quickly to identify ways to plug this gap,” said Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which helped develop the report.