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NE Business collaborate to tackle automotive skills gap

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The automotive sector - like many other industries - is facing a skills gap that only looks set to increase thanks to the combined effect of new technology and an ageing workforce.

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) predicts that there could be up to £20 billion invested into the UK automotive sector in the next five to ten years, creating between 50,000 and 100,000 jobs.

Matt Boyle, CEO of Sevcon says: "Local industrialists need to decide what we need and when we need it by. That level of detail isn't going to come from politicians, it has to come from the people who are working in the North East automotive industry, day in, day out.

"We then have to work with the providers to make sure the right training is made available to us."

The NEAA has sought to forge this relationship by creating a skills group of 32 industrialists and 14 training providers.

With the Sevcon CEO as its chairman, the group has highlighted four key areas where action should be taken.

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Source: North East Times

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