Autotech Academy, which supports the transition of newly qualified students onto the industry’s career ladder, has released results of a survey conducted across 90 colleges between June and August 2023.
Almost all respondents (95%) expressed their desire to have a career in automotive, with 85% hoping for a long-term future as vehicle technicians. However, it shows that around 42% of respondents lack confidence in securing a well-paid job within the trade after completing their automotive course, despite the fact there are 160,000 vacancies, according to the Institute of the Motor Industry. Autotech says in an era where the automotive sector faces a severe skills shortage, this lack of confidence in competitive salaries is a serious concern.
The Academy provides newly qualified technicians with a pathway into automotive employment through a paid internship. Every candidate is vetted, interviewed, and provided with a toolbox and uniform before embarking on a 6-12 month internship. Since its launch in 2021, it has placed nearly 300 interns, with a success rate of over 85% transitioning to permanent employment after the internship ends.
Simon King, Interim CEO of Autotech Group, comments: “Autotech Academy’s ‘Automotive Future Survey Report’ is a call to action. It highlights the passion, ambition, and potential of the next generation of vehicle technicians and is a reminder that the automotive industry has much to offer in terms of innovation and opportunity.
“Yet, it is essential to continue promoting and supporting the sector to ensure a strong and sustainable future for both the industry and the skilled professionals dedicated to it. By addressing these issues head-on, we can nurture the young talent that will help drive the automotive industry forward and ensure that its future is stable.”