Volvo Car UK is seeking 300 new technicians to join its 119 dealers across the country by 2020.
The recruitment drive has been caused by the Swedish brand’s continued growth in both sales and model range.
The most recent additions to the marque’s line-up are the S90 and V90 models, and more products are expected to come over the course of the next few years.
The brand already has 600 dealership technicians, meaning an extra 300 will constitute an increase of 50 per cent. Volvo says this is necessary to meet the demands of the network as it grows each year.
Volvo aims to make driving safer and easier by taking a leading role in the development of driverless cars and connectivity. It has already created Pilot Assist, its semi-autonomous drive feature. This sort of technology requires advanced technical knowledge in order to maintain vehicles to a high standard.
Upon completion of the recruitment drive, there will be an average of eight technicians per site. Fast-track development opportunities will be available via web-based training and individual assessment. This structured career path aims to offer various certifications and qualifications, from service apprentice to master technician.
This scheme is part of the next stage of the Volvo Retail Experience and Volvo Personal Service programmes, which were announced in 2015.
Jon Wakefield, managing director of Volvo Car UK, said: ‘Any technician joining Volvo will get the chance to work on exciting industry-leading technology, including autonomous drive, in-car connectivity and hybrid powertrains.
‘For those looking to join our 600-strong team of technicians, our continued investment into our staff will allow them to progress their knowledge of new car technology, engineering and design – and grow alongside the Volvo brand.’