Automotive industry looks to the future as market booms

Two major car manufacturers are looking to support future growth by investing heavily in producing more skilled workers.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has revealed over the last week that Ford and Bentley have made sizeable investments into recruiting and training new engineers and sales staff. The news reflects the returning confidence in the automotive industry, with companies now looking to ensure they have a talent pool to support the booming market.

An important point to note for motor trade companies who might be looking to take on inexperienced staff for future training is to consider how they would include them on their motor trade or road risks insurance policy. Employing staff under 25 can affect the cost of a firm’s policy as getting cover that will allow them to drive vehicles under your care could be very expensive, if not impossible, so it might be wise for them not to drive vehicles as part of their duties.

Furthermore, when obtaining employers’ liability cover to protect your staff, inexperienced workers that might be more prone to accidents could lead to more insurance claims, which in future could also push up the price of a combined motor trade insurance policy

Nevertheless, the value of training up skilled staff is clearly a worthwhile venture; Bentley is creating more than 140 new jobs at its Crewe headquarters as part of an £800 million investment programme. The recruitment drive will welcome 90 new skilled engineers to the manufacturer in a number of disciplines, the SMMT reported.

Ford, meanwhile, is launching a state-of-the-art facility at its Technical Training Centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire. The company will introduce a number of engineering and business apprenticeship programmes to add to the 450 new apprentices it already takes on each year.