CDX 2016, the largest automotive expo in the UK, took place at Silverstone on 24th May. The event was much larger than last year’s edition. It included stands featuring products from over 100 manufacturers throughout the supply chain, workshops, keynotes courtesy of figures from some of the biggest names in the industry, and interviews with experts.
The latter included a session with four bosses of leading car dealerships in the UK. The interview focused on motor trade recruitment and the huge challenges it presents. The executives discussed how important it was to attract and retain talent amongst other things, looking at what is currently being done and where improvements can be made.
John Tordoff, the executive at JCT600, looked over figures from a recent meeting of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) regarding the number of potential graduates who choose to enter the motor trade. He claimed the number was very low and that work is needed to improve the image of the sector. One thing he claimed that needed to be done was increase knowledge of the variety of different careers that are on offer. This would help to attract a wider array of talented graduates.
Ken Savage, executive at Perrys, suggested that the major challenge that dealers face is the fact that they need to change if they want to attract and retain staff. He pointed at a need to look at working hours and workplace environments to ensure they are enticing candidates rather than deterring them from looking at a career in the industry.
Recruiting has changed a lot according to Ridegway’s John O’Hanlon. He said they have held evenings designed to look at talent as well as utilising social media as part of their advertising strategies when they have jobs to fill.
At John Gibson Associates we are looking at helping businesses to tackle the recruitment challenges they face. We are forward thinking and can devise a unique strategy for each client to help them find and hire the best people for roles. We work closely with dealers across the UK and deliver the very best level of service we can.
Metal pressing specialist Stadco became part of Cosma International, a subsidiary of global automotive supplier Magna International in 2015. When the move was made investment in the company was promised to help expand their service. New plans have been released that will see this promise come to fruition and also create around 300 new automotive jobs. Continue Reading
With the current skills shortage in the motor industry and rising demand for qualified staff, it has become more important than ever before for companies to access the highest quality potential employees. A rushed, inattentive approach to recruitment simply won’t deliver the results you need. Established in 1987, we have been providing our recruitment services across the UK from our base in York for many years, and our experience and history continue to inform our approach to automotive recruitment. Continue Reading
The automotive industry is continuing to thrive, but in order for this growth to carry on, it is crucial that companies understand how to access the skilled, trained staff they need to occupy key positions. From design, engineering and manufacturing to sales and customer service, each sector of the automotive industry requires individuals who do not only have the skills and qualifications to do the job, but the temperament and personality to do them well. Continue Reading
The Nissan car manufacturing plant in Sunderland is renowned as one of the largest and most efficient in Europe. The manufacturer has invested millions of pounds into the site in the creation of new motor trade jobs and advanced technology to support production. This has helped to make it what it is today.
It goes without saying that cars have become vastly more complex machines as a result of the technological revolution of the last decade. Today, advances in car design and engineering are happening at an extraordinary rate, with groundbreaking, beneficial changes to cars often becoming out of date and obsolete within a year. For all the many benefits motorists get from this situation, it’s important to remain mindful of the need to always be able to correctly service and repair vehicles. This is one of the most important aspects covered by our award winning motor trade recruitment services.
In the present day, we are all aware of just how important the automotive sector is to the continued success of our economy. In terms of sales, exports and employment, the industry is one of the largest in the country today, and has substantially contributed to economic growth over the last five to six years. While most of us would be aware of this in a broad sense, it is always good to be able to discuss a specific example which demonstrates how far reaching the support for the sector is. The recently announced Tooling Finance service from Lloyd’s Banking is a case of this.
The automotive industry in the UK can look ahead to an incredible future following the announcement of the Modern Transport Bill in the Queen’s Speech on 18th May 2016. These new measures will put Britain right at the forefront of technological developments in the sector, including driverless and electric vehicles.