There are an additional 320,000 jobs being created in #MotorCareers between 2014 and 2030 with analytic engineers, technology gurus, 3D printing technicians and cyber security experts are some of the new roles that are shaping the sector.  The rise of new technologies has led to an urgent demand for a new set of skills for the automotive workforce and with 67% of young people saying they would prefer to sidestep university in favour of earning money, and 48% choosing to avoid student debt by opting for other choices such as an apprenticeship.


Did you know…..

  • Each year 1,300 jobs in Retail Automotive open in Scotland alone
  • In 2020 there will be 36,329 people working in Scotland in #MotorCareers
  • Most of them will be employed as Managers and Business Owners followed by Technicians, Vehicle Repairers then Parts and Sales
  • There are 17,628 women working in Retail Automotive
  • 7% of those working in the industry are aged 16-24 years old
  • There are over150+ different job roles in #MotorCareers


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Scottish qualifications SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)

The IMI offers the widest available range of motor industry qualifications and assessments in Scotland. It also offers Work based Core Skills and Land-based Engineering Qualifications. These qualifications are designed to help individuals prove their skills and competence, and to achieve their career ambitions.

Understanding SCQF qualifications:

  • SCQF Level 3 qualifications can support employment or provide progression on to further learning suitable for 14-16 year olds.
  • SCQF Level 4 qualifications teach basic knowledge and routine tasks, and may be used as learning programmes for students (from 14-16 years old) in school or further education.
  • SCQF Level 5 qualifications cover routine tasks and require previous knowledge or work experience suitable for those who have an SCQF Level 4 qualification.
  • SCQF Level 6/7 supervisor level qualifications cover non-routine, more complex tasks and require previous knowledge or work experience; suitable for those who have an SCQF Level 5 qualification.


Auto Skills Scotland

Scottish Students compete for WorldSkills UK Selections

Automotive students from New College Lanarkshire are participating in a national skills competition after the first ever Scottish qualifier was held at the Motherwell Campus.

The College’s Faculty of Engineering and Automotive recently hosted eight of the best automotive students and apprentices in Scotland as they competed for a chance to be selected for WorldSkills UK.

The College held the Skills Auto competition in its training centre, testing the competitors’ skills in six tasks – inspection, brakes, engine diagnostics, engine mechanics, cooling and electrical systems.

Five New College Lanarkshire students competed in the qualifying stage – Gordon Main and Ian Pew from the Motherwell Campus and Scott Douglas, Stuart Cochrane and Dean McNeill from the Cumbernauld Campus. They joined students from Glasgow Kelvin College, Edinburgh College and GTG Training.

28-year-old Stuart Cochrane from Bonnybridge was named overall winner of the competition, and will join runner up Ian Pew at the national UK qualifiers in June, going against 28 of the best from the UK to be in the final six who will compete at the final of WorldSkills UK in Birmingham’s NEC arena.

The event was held in partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Dingbro, Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) and Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) Scotland. Head of the Faculty of Engineering and Automotive at New College Lanarkshire, Barry Skea, said: “It is a great privilege for New College Lanarkshire to be hosting the first Skills Auto heat in Scotland as we already have a strong track record in WorldSkills competitions and hope to continue this success across a number of areas in the coming years.

“We have a fantastic automotive offering at the College, with our facilities being a testament to that, so it is great to have the best automotive students come here today to compete, and help them take that next step in their education.

“We are extremely grateful to The IMI, Dingbro Ltd., SMTA and ESP Scotland for sponsoring the competition and to all the competitors for their extremely high standards of work shown. They are an inspiration to current and future students looking to expand their skillset.”

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