The RAC industry is failing to produce the required level of skilled apprentices due to companies only focusing on their own specific skill needs.
Speaking at the Summit Skills UK skills team selection process to find a UK representative for the World Skills event next year, training director Mark Forsyth adds that the industry needs more proactive trainers who can identify skills shortfalls.
“Too many people have an opinion on the lack of emerging talent in the industry, but few have alternative ideas on how it can be encouraged.”
“We need more objective trainers, who don’t just go through the motions, but give added value, for instance in tackling new technology and mapping out development paths.”
Adding, “The industry needs employers who should look at the wider training issues instead of just their little segment. This approach does not help prepare for the emergence of new technology.”
Forsyth points to the fact that two competitors at the event had to pull out of the UK Skills event as their employers needed them on the job.
However, he praised refrigeration and A/C supplier HRP which provided the venue for the event, allowing the attendees to work in fully equipped facilities.
“Last year we had certain issues with holding this event at a college. If companies can put themselves forward and get involved with helping young engineers by providing trainers and equipment it will go some way to addressing what is a crucial problem.”