THE Independent Garage Association has welcomed the launch of the National Retraining Scheme announced in the Autumn Budget, but said it was ‘disappointed that the major shortage of skilled workers in the automotive industry, particularly MOT testers, was not addressed’.
Association director Stuart James said: ‘We urge the government to take action and encourage more people to join the automotive sector, particularly in light of the millions of pounds they have pledged to spend developing electric vehicles and driverless technology in this Budget.
‘We also applaud the government’s commitment to three million apprentice starts by 2020, but have questions surrounding how this will be implemented in the independent sector, including how training will be funded for current learners not subject to apprenticeship funding allowances.
‘We are ready and waiting to drive apprentices forward in the automotive aftermarket sector.’
Pictured: Philip Hammond leaves No 11 Downing Street to deliver the Autumn Budget (picture by Yui Mok/PA Wire)
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