Press release

Automotive industrial partnership welcomed by UK Commission for Employment and Skills

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has welcomed an £11.3 million skills boost for the automotive sector.


Michael Davis, Chief Executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) welcomed last week’s announcement of £11.3 million in government funding to help boost skills in the automotive sector.

He said:

“With the announcement that UK car manufacturing is at a seven-year high, we need to make sure that the UK’s automotive industry has the skilled workers it needs to keep one car rolling off a production line every twenty seconds.

“That’s why it’s great news that employers, including Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Toyota and Nissan are collaborating to shape the skills the UK automotive sector needs to compete.

“For every £1 invested by the government via the Employer Ownership Pilot – supported by UKCES - the industry is investing £1.70. This is a great example of a true industrial partnership, and I would like to see many more of these developing across regions and sectors in the UK to help permanently shape the skills landscape and boost prosperity and opportunity.

“The automotive industrial partnership is investing funds in innovative approaches to skills and career development; from working in schools to inspire young people through to making sure their existing workforce have the skills they need to keep pace with business and technology developments in a global market.”

Published 26 January 2015