Colleges across the country are offering courses which are taught within state-of-the-art workshops, many featuring electric cars as the automotive industry gears up for the biggest disruption in its history.
Sitting at the forefront of technological advancements, with the arrival of EVs, connected and autonomous vehicles, the face of the servicing and repair sector is set to change. No longer will physical clues like an engine knocking or an oil leak guide a mechanic servicing a vehicle. The mechanic working in the garage of the future will need digital skills to diagnose issues and wages will become increasingly competitive.
For students who have taken the automotive route and are studying towards a Level 3 qualification, a new internship initiative is offering the best chance of employment, and above minimum wage earnings.
The internship has been created by Autotech Academy, a new division of Autotech Group a company which creates employment and training solutions for independent garages, fast fit companies and dealer groups including Ford, Skoda, Toyota, and BMW.
Cited as the ‘missing link’ between colleges and automotive employers, Autotech Academy’s internship programme, runs over a period of 3-12 months and gives newly qualified students the opportunity to gain vital experience and put their college taught theory into practice.
What does the internship involve?
Interns will receive a tool kit worth £1,000, which is theirs to keep if they transition to permanent employment, uniform, and ongoing training through a vehicle manufacturer’s own facility, or through equivalent OEM standard training such as Bosch. They will also be trained to Level 3 IMI Electric Vehicle accreditation and receive ongoing mentoring and support.
“Autotech Academy have been amazing. They took all the hard work out of the job seeking process, from finding a placement, providing me with tools and a uniform, and making the introductions. I just had to prove myself.” An intern working at Richmond ŠKODA.