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Applications are now open for the INFINITI Engineering Academy 2017 Unique recruitment program offering seven young engineers a 12-month placement with INFINITI and the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team  Rolle, Switzerland - Applications open today for the 2017 edition of the INFINITI Engineering Academy - INFINITI’s global search for the best and brightest engineering talent.  Now in its fourth successive year, the Academy will once again offer seven engineering students from different regions across the world an unparalleled opportunity to join a 12-month placement working on both automotive and Formula One™ technologies, thanks to the technical partnership and collaboration between INFINITI Motor Company and the Renault Sport Formula One TM Team.  Engineering students can now apply at academy.infiniti.com. Applicants will have to complete an online engineering puzzle test, designed by puzzle and brainteaser experts ‘Brilliant’, as part of a multi-stage recruitment process. The ten best applicants from each region will then be invited to participate in a regional final to try and secure their place.    The selected student from Europe will join another six young engineers, one from each of the other participating regions (Asia & Oceania, Canada, China, Mexico, Middle East and United States). The seven winners will move to the UK to work at the Renault Sport Formula One™ Technical Centre (Enstone) and the INFINITI European Engineering Centre (Cranfield) for a career opportunity of a lifetime, complete with travel, accommodation, access to an INFINITI company car, a salary and the possibility to work alongside world-leading engineers at the cutting edge of the automotive and motorsport industries.  “We are very excited to offer seven engineering students from different regions the possibility to join this technically rich, multi-discipline and multi-cultural engineering placement once again,” said Tommaso Volpe, INFINITI Global Motorsport Director. “Formula One is more relevant to the automotive industry than ever. With the enhanced scope for collaboration and real technology transfer that the Renault-Nissan Alliance and our Technical Partnership delivers. The INFINITI Engineering Academy will provide an unmatched range of experiences and opportunities to the 2017 winners.”  Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of the Renault Sport Formula One TM Team, commented:  “The INFINITI Engineering Academy offers an unparalleled opportunity for young, fresh-thinking engineers to experience the best and latest technologies in automotive and motorsport engineering. The Academy Engineers that we have working with us at Enstone are a big asset to us as we continue to strengthen our technical resource, so we are looking forward to welcoming the 2017 class.”  Having launched the careers of previous winners, the INFINITI Engineering Academy is THE technical recruitment initiative in Formula One TM . Former Academy Engineers William Priest and Daniel Sanham have both secured full time jobs with INFINITI Motor Company and the Renault Sport Formula One TM Team respectively and are an inspiration to this year’s students who will be looking to emulate their success.  “I anticipated this experience to be absolutely amazing, but I still found myself blown away!” said Riccardo Manfredini, INFINITI Engineering Academy European winner 2016.. “I am participating in projects and gaining experience I never thought I would get to in my first six months. Being here, behind the scenes and contributing to these exciting projects is a dream come true.” Manfredini is currently doing his six-month placement at the INFINITI Technical Centre in Cranfield and will begin the second part of his placement with the Renault Sport Formula One Team in Enstone soon.  To test your ability on some of the engineering puzzles designed by Brilliant, visit the INFINITI MSport page on Facebook and Twitter .  For more information on the INFINITI Engineering Academy, or to apply to be a part of the class of 2017, visit academy.infiniti.com .  Applications are now open and continue until 20th May 2017. 
Nationwide are continuing their commitment to bringing through the next generation of skilled people into our industry. Nationwide today announced plans to increase the number of Apprentices on Nationwide Apprentice Programme in 2017. All throughout National Apprenticeship Week 2017 Nationwide have been celebrating all things Apprenticeships, showcasing what the programme has to offer, sharing the successes of some current apprentices and giving an insight into life as an Apprentice at Nationwide. Today speaking at the Group’s Annual Conference, People Director, Louise Cope set the challenge to increase the number of apprentices in the group to 250. This in effect would be 2 apprentices for every Nationwide site across the UK. The news was greeted with great optimism from those in attendance, sharing the positivity and desire to invest in not only young people on Apprenticeships but to skills development of our people of all ages across the group. Head of HR Operations at Nationwide, Darren Gagan commented on the news: ‘We want to have the best apprentice programme in the industry and to do that we listened to what people were telling us about why a programme will succeed and what would engage them.’ People Director Louise Cope added: ‘ As the UK’s largest accident repair group we have a responsibility to the industry to invest in the skills, training and development of people and the young people that will become the future of our industry.  We have been supporters on apprentice schemes throughout our history and are all too aware of the skills shortage and aging workforce that not only affects Nationwide but the wider industry. Nationwide succession strategy will lead to opening doors for the talent of the future to start their journey towards a successful career in our industry and with Nationwide.’ Nationwide will be attending several events throughout the country during 2017 aimed at attracting future talent.  The Nationwide Talent Acquisition Team will next week be at Arena MK at the National Apprenticeship Show 2017 engaging with 100’s of potential apprentices, highlighting the opportunities available to them at Nationwide. Watch Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbWSggj6THk
Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images partner on International Women’s Day to create perception changing imagery of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers Getty Images research shows appetite for more diverse visual representation of engineers with keyword searches on women in STEM rising steeply Jaguar Land Rover is passionate about attracting more women into STEM careers Jaguar Land Rover calls for other leading manufacturers to join them in reassessing and updating their visual portrayal of women in STEM careers   Whitley, Coventry UK 8 March 2017: Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images have announced a partnership on International Women’s Day to highlight the need for a more realistic visual representation of female engineers. More people than ever are searching images of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers, yet results are often out-dated and don’t reflect today’s exciting and varied roles. This partnership aims to change that. Pictures released today by Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest car manufacturer, and Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, show women in a variety of STEM roles from aerodynamics to cyber and audio engineering. They are intended to encourage more women to apply for these jobs by accurately portraying the modern workplace. New data released today by Getty Images shows that web traffic for imagery showing women in engineering careers is significantly increasing.  The number of people searching “women + STEM” imagery has risen by 526 per cent in the past year alone. Fiona Pargeter, Jaguar Land Rover Global PR Communications Director, said: “We have always championed women in the car business and are committed to inspiring more girls and women to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing. Our female workforce has grown from nine to 11 per cent over the past four years due to our focused STEM initiatives. But this is still far too low – businesses being proactive about using realistic imagery is one of the many ways that we can attract the bright minds we need into STEM careers.” The Jaguar Land Rover and Getty Images collaboration sees a set of images available today for editorial use, as the partners work towards building a body of imagery, which authentically depicts female engineers at work.     Rebecca Swift, Director Creative Insight at Getty Images, said: “We are a passionate advocate for the realistic representation of women through imagery and are proud to be leading the visual industry in the creation and promotion of powerful, relevant imagery which celebrates diversity and authenticity in every area of life. “Over the last year we have seen a dramatic spike in interest for imagery showing female engineers at work. Images have the power to make and break gender clichés so the demand for these images is both indicative and important. We have an opportunity to change the visual language around STEM for the better, so we are excited to be partnering with Jaguar Land Rover, who are also committed to expanding the availability of images representing the realities of a modern day engineering career for women.” Michelle Mortiboys, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “Here at Jaguar Land Rover we need the diversity of skills that women bring to ensure we thrive and maintain our competitive edge for years to come. It is well known that gender diversification in business is not just healthy culturally but also propels progressiveness and innovation. Our partnership with Getty Images is not just about recruiting women into engineering, it’s a small part of the work that needs to be done to upscale female employees in the automotive sector as a whole.” Jaguar Land Rover has called for other leading manufacturers to follow suit by reassessing and updating their visual portrayal of women in STEM careers, in a bid to increase the number of women applying for STEM jobs. Fiona Pargeter and Michelle Mortiboys are available for comment around this initiative, as well as the wider work that Jaguar Land Rover undertake in order to bolster female careers within the automotive industry. Rebecca Swift is also available to discuss Getty Images’ collaboration on this project and the wider issues about the visual depiction of women in industry that the business is currently working to address.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars recently announced that a record number of places are available for the company’s 2017 Apprenticeship Programme. Since the programme was launched in 2006, numbers have progressively increased, with 2017 offering a record 20 candidates the opportunity to join the team at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Apprenticeship Programme provides 16-24 year olds with the opportunity to learn and develop skills at the Home of the world’s leading luxury manufacturer. The apprenticeships last for up to four years and include college courses that are nationally recognised, alongside on-the-job training at Rolls‑Royce Motor Cars. The programme has been designed in conjunction with several local colleges. Successful applicants will join in August 2017, working alongside specialised craftspeople in leather, wood, paint, engineering and assembly roles. Since the launch of the Apprenticeship Programme in September 2006, over 100 people have joined. Following a successful apprenticeship period, there is an opportunity to develop within the company, with many Apprentices now taking up leadership roles. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “We are committed to developing future talent at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and I am especially pleased that we will welcome a record number of new Apprentices to the business in 2017. The development of artisanal craft skills at our centre of excellence, here in West Sussex, has been a hallmark of the first successful chapter in the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. I look forward to welcoming the next generation of talented craftspeople to the Home of Rolls-Royce in the Summer.” The Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards and MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, said, “I am delighted that in Apprenticeship Week Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are able to announce record numbers of new apprenticeships. This is very good news for the young people talented and industrious enough to be accepted onto a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship. It is also excellent news for the wider economy.” He continued, “Bognor Regis is proud to have Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as an important and prestigious local employer and pleased that the company is investing in its future through its successful Apprenticeship Programme.” In addition to the Apprenticeship Programme, around 100 university students were employed with the company in 2016 on industrial placements, ranging in duration from six to 12 months. Rolls‑Royce Motor Cars is currently recruiting for positions in 2017. The company also runs a successful Graduate Programme, with new positions made available each year. Potential candidates for all Rolls-Royce Motor Cars positions should apply online at:  www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/careers The closing date for Apprentice applications is  13 March 2017 .
The biggest challenge facing a future of driverless cars may not be the most obvious one. 49% of today’s motorists show lack of interest in driverless cars 44% of 17-44 year olds predict that driverless tech will not be available in their lifetime 81% of current car owners commit to always owning cars in their lifetime ‘Independence’ (81%) and ‘enjoyment’ (33%) identified as key ownership motivations Auto Trader reports a 58% rise in searches for electric vehicles in 2016 London, EMBARGOED Monday 6 th March 17 The biggest challenge facing a future of driverless cars may not be the most obvious one. As the UK contemplates the obstacles that lie ahead for legislature, infrastructure and technology, research from Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace, reveals that 49% of motorists are disinterested in the technology. Research commissioned for Auto Trader’s latest Market Report surveyed over 5,500 UK motorists and revealed that the UK is a nation of car owners, and they intend to stay that way. Over 85% of full UK license holders own at least one car and 81% of all car owners today are committed to owning cars throughout their lifetime. And whilst 73% of owners agree that independence is their biggest motivation for car ownership, a third (33%) also say it’s all about their ‘enjoyment of driving’ – and some motorists feel their cherished relationship with the car is threatened by a driverless future. 45% of motorists that claim no interest in fully-autonomous cars say they enjoy driving too much to find the prospect of a driverless car appealing, with 49% of the same group claiming they know too little about the technology to even gauge their level of interest.  Only 21% of all motorists claim to know what a fully-autonomous vehicle is, and awareness levels drop significantly with older motorists – with 81% of over 55s admitting they aren’t clear on what the term means. But it’s not just awareness that seems to be stunting interest levels with today’s motorists.  44% of 17-44 year olds predict that fully-autonomous cars will not be available in their lifetime, highlighting a large proportion of motorists who share a lack of confidence in the technology, as well as the UK’s ability to deliver it anytime soon. The speculated timeline for fully-autonomous vehicles is at odds with this consumer sentiment, with some sources claiming fully-autonomous cars will be on UK roads as early as 2030 [1] . Auto Trader’s Editor-in-Chief, Jon Quirk, said, “It’s undeniable that we are headed towards a fully-autonomous future. There is major progress being made by car makers and tech companies, but consumers are also becoming more attuned to owning cars that are more fuel efficient, technologically savvy and better connected, as the car evolves further to meet the demands of modern lifestyles. “The increase in desirability we are seeing today with electric and alternative fueled vehicles mirrors this trend, and, once they’re ready, we can expect fully-autonomous vehicles to experience a similar progressive adoption, as uptake and desirability increases with confidence in the technology and the introduction of more variety across make and models.” Highlighting a shift in car buyer desirability for alternative fuel types, Auto Trader saw a 58% rise in searches for electric vehicles in 2016 on its marketplace, with hybrid vehicle advert views also growing by 52%. In contrast, searches for diesel vehicles fell by 14% last year, chiming with the 6.8% decline reported in diesel car sales for December 2016 on the same month in 2015 [2] .  Quirk adds, “The fallout with diesel is likely to continue. The Government has now advised the restriction of diesel cars being driven in inner cities in a bid to decrease urban air pollution. It is a big turning point in consumer attitudes towards diesel, but more broadly it could become a big catalyst in introducing more car buyers to alternative fueled vehicles, in light of a fresh debate and wider awareness around the effects of carbon fuels on the environment, as well as drivers’ wallets.” As consumer interest in autonomous vehicles was evenly split, the Report also looks at which brands or tech companies currently developing autonomous vehicles were the most desirable for the consumers that did show an interest. Out of the 15 brands that have publically shared intentions to develop fully-autonomous vehicles, Ford was ranked as the most appealing by today’s motorists, with 83% of those that voted for the American manufacturer pointing to ‘positive past experiences’ as the reason they found the brand the most appealing. Audi finished second with consistently high scores across all factors except perceived affordability, whilst new car maker Tesla and Mercedes-Benz finished joint third, with motorists highlighting Tesla’s technology expertise (92%) and Mercedes-Benz voters identifying their ‘trust in the brand’ as the decisive factor (89%). Google was the highest ranking tech company finishing ninth out of the 15 brands, and despite remaining largely secretive about its car making plans, Apple finished above car manufacturers Volvo and Hyundai, with motorists positively speculating about the perceived technology in an Apple car (97%). [1] Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – The UK Economic Opportunity (KPMG & SMMT, 2015) [2] SMMT New Car Registration Data December 2016
Honda of the UK Manufacturing gears up to extend its apprenticeship programme for 2017 after receiving a record number of applications. Off the back of the success of becoming Honda's global production hub for the new Civic, the Swindon-based factory is midway through recruiting September's intake of new apprentices. This year, Honda received the highest volume of apprenticeship applications since the introduction of the programme in 1999. Honda's European flagship production facility is looking to train the next generation of engineers to support ongoing company success. Currently, the apprentices enrol on to the Technical Engineering - Mechatronics Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme. This four-year programme consists of a combination of on the job training and class-based learning to ensure apprentices develop the necessary broad range of technical skills and experience required. In September 2017, Honda will introduce a second apprenticeship scheme. The new Toolmaking Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme will develop Tool and Die Maintenance Technicians that will be responsible for maintaining the specialist tooling that is in use throughout the site. Jason Smith, Director at Honda of the UK Manufacturing, says: "We're incredibly excited to be introducing the new Toolmaking Trailblazer Apprenticeship this year. It is brilliant to see such a high number of applications and these candidates will be joining extremely rewarding programmes at a very exciting time for Honda." Honda has been investing in Engineering Apprenticeship Training for the past 18 years with more than 170 apprentices successfully completing the programme to date.  
Every parent knows teenagers change their minds every week about what they want to be when they transition from school into the world of work. One week they want to be a doctor, the next week a movie star, the week after a racing driver, and the next a lawyer. Trying to encourage a teenager’s interest in a particular industry or career is a challenge every parent faces throughout their school-age years. iwantobea.com is a new website which aims to provide guidance for parents and young people who might be considering a Career in the Motor Industry but don’t know where to start. Whether you want to be a: Car Designer for the Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover or Rolls-Royce brands, Service Technician at a local Fiat, Ford or Ferrari dealership, Engineering Technician at MINI Oxford, Honda Swindon or Toyota Burnaston production facilities Or, simply a BMW or MINI Genius, iwantobea.com has the answer. iwantobea.com is structured in a unique way that mirrors the experience of driving a car, with each stage dedicated to a series of topics which will guide young people through the process of seeking a career in the Motor Industry: Fuel: where to find the Knowledge to Fuel their Career Ignition: which is the right Secondary Education for their chosen Career path Engine: whether the best route to Employment is through an Apprenticeship or Academia 1st Gear: where to find Awards and Bursaries that will help turbocharge their Career Drive: direct links to actual Apprenticeship and Graduate vacancies with Employers who are currently recruiting Race: how to prepare for a Career in MotorSport (due to launch in 2018) iwantobea.com will be promoted through an innovative use of Instagram and Twitter, using # iwantobea to inspire young people to follow their dreams and find a job in the Motor Industry. The iwantobea YouTube Channel provides a library of videos for young people to find out about Apprenticeships, Graduate Schemes or other jobs at a particular brand. The iwantobea YouTube Channel also features Interviews with Car Designers or Engineers, and a range of other manufacturer-produced videos which will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about how the Motor Industry works.  There is also an iwantobea Shop, which offers a range of unique and high quality t-shirts with fun automotive themes inspired by the surrealist Magritte, with works such as “ #iwantobea exhaust pipe”, “ #iwantobea klaxon” and “ #iwantobea DBR1 #007”. iwantobea.com is also optimised for viewing on mobile devices, as that seems to be where all the young people hang out these days.
In this digital world of apps and smartphones, where you can pay for a coffee with your phone, and unlock that phone with a fingerprint scan, most school-leavers have no understanding of what a ballast resistor ignition system, a down-draught 6-carb Webber, or a straight-cut dog-mesh gearbox is, or how they work. In fact, very few school-leavers have any experience of what gearboxes were like to use before flappy paddles became so fashionable 1 or had no synchromesh. That is why Ferrari has upgraded its Apprenticeship programme for school-leavers aged 16-19 with a new training module focused on Classic Car Technology, including: Ballast resistor ignition systems. Magneto ignition systems both single and twin. Dynamo charging systems. Twin points distributor set ups. Multiple Webber carburetor set ups, from 3 to 6 carbs. Mechanical fuel injection systems. Straight cut dog mesh gearboxes. Apprentices who are enrolling in the September 2017 intake can expect to complete these training modules in the 3 rd Year of their Apprenticeship. The Ferrari North Europe Apprentice programme is open to 16-19 year olds who are interested in working at an Official Ferrari Dealer in one of the following roles: Service Technician Apprenticeship – 3 years Service Advisor Apprenticeship – 2 years Parts Advisor Apprenticeship – 2 years Bodyshop Technician Apprenticeship – 3 years Candidates wishing to apply for the September 2017 intake should check for the latest vacancies and register their interest via: www.ferrariapprenticeship.co.uk .
Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive repair and servicing company, is marking the launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2017 on 6 March with the announcement of 200 new apprentice roles.  These jobs are being offered throughout its UK network, providing local opportunities for many school leavers. Most of the two year apprenticeships are available to 16-18 year olds, offering a vital first step on an automotive career ladder.  Kwik Fit has trained more than 2,000 people under its current apprenticeship programme which is ranked by Ofsted as Grade 1 (Outstanding), the highest possible grade.  Over the last 15 years the scheme has consistently seen higher success rates than the national average, with many participants progressing to senior levels within the company. Kwik Fit offers candidates routes into both management and technical careers, reflecting the flexibility that many apprentices are looking for.  The company provides apprentices with high quality training enabling them to meet the demands of increasingly complex modern cars and also ensure that customers are offered the highest level of service.  As well as developing a wide range of technical skills, the programme works to improve candidates Maths, English and Personal skills to enable each apprentice to fulfil their potential, including offering a path into junior management roles. Paul Binks, divisional director for people development at Kwik Fit, said: “The apprentices of today will become the leaders of the business in the future and so are crucial to the development of our organisation.  We make a huge investment in our learning and development programme and deliver over 18,000 training days a year through our industry leading training academies. “Our apprentices are appointed into permanent roles and receive a structured training mix of classroom theory, workshop practice and on the job coaching.  This gives them a major advantage over those following a purely classroom based course and allows them to quickly develop the right skills for a long term career.”  Kwik Fit has four training academies in Derby, Harlow, Reading and Broxburn.   A Kwik Fit Apprenticeship lasts around two years and provides a total of 91 Learning credits.  This favourably compares with the minimum requirement of 60 Learning credits delivered in a typical equivalent course carried out in a college environment.  Those interested in applying for an apprenticeship at Kwik Fit should visit www.kwik-fit.com .  For the latest news and updates from Kwik Fit, customers can follow the company on Twitter at @kwik_fit .
While British car manufacturing hit a 16-year high in the first half of last year, the challenge of a national shortage of skills within the automotive industry is still an issue, which is most acutely felt within the Midlands. As a direct result City College Coventry are holding a Motor Trade Open Evening in March, in partnership with Autotech Apprentice, to showcase the new apprentice and training facilities on offer to garages and bodyshops in the Coventry area. The event, which is open to local garages and bodyshops in the area, will highlight how to attract and develop the best young talent to maximise business potential, with top industry speakers from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), The AA and The DVSA.   Autotech Apprentice is a dedicated division of Autotech Recruit Ltd, the UK’s go-to automotive workforce solutions provider for temporary, contract and permanent positions. Established in 2016, Autotech Apprentice creates high quality apprenticeship solutions, supporting colleges, employers and students alike. Acting as a facilitator between all parties, the team takes the complexity and time out of hiring apprentices, while educating employers on Government schemes and financial incentives which are readily available to train the next generation of vehicle technicians.   With an education system geared to delivering an academic agenda, apprenticeships have historically been viewed as the poor relation to a degree, but perceptions are changing. With forecasters predicting an all-time record of two million vehicles rolling off production lines in the UK by 2020, an apprenticeship offers a route to harness fresh new talent to ensure that the industry has the practical skills and qualifications needed now, and in the future   “The industry needs a new breed of technician with skills to cope with the dramatic and frequent advances in automotive technology.” Comments Autotech Recruit MD, Gavin White. “Some cars have got over 20 onboard computers alone and we need good quality apprentices to be the skilled workforce of the future. However more needs to be done to promote the benefits of an apprenticeship programme to ensure that there is a sufficient number of young people with appropriate training to feed the motor trade’s growth.”   The Motor Trade Open Evening at City College Coventry will be held on Wednesday 15th March 2017 from 6.30pm and is free for attendees. For further information contact City College Coventry on 02476 791 700 or Autotech Apprentice on 01234 432 978. http://apprentice.autotechrecruit.co.uk/city-college-coventry-march-2017/