It is no secret that the transport and motor industries are both facing skills shortages within their workforces. According to a skills shortage report published by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) in November 2018, over half of all large good vehicle drivers in the UK are age 45+ (56%) and the report estimates that there is a shortfall of large good vehicle drivers of 51,000.
The 2019 FTA Logistics Report (which can be downloaded here for free) also shows that more than half (52.7%) of vacancies for vehicle mechanics, technicians and fitters in the UK will not be filled in the near future.
These statistics make for very worrying reading. At TTS we believe the main solution to these labour market challenges is to bring new blood into the motor and transport sectors via apprenticeships. Industry needs to take responsibility for securing its future workforce by training its own people. This should be the main driving factor in recruiting apprentices to your business!
TTS’s apprentice employers are split between most of the main car and truck dealerships and independent companies across Northern Ireland. These employers have recognised the importance of bringing new talent into the motor and transport industries via apprenticeships to support business growth or simply to survive. With businesses all competing for the same, diminishing pool of qualified technicians, drivers and aftersales staff in both sectors, well-recruited apprentices offer long term sustainability in the labour market.
Aside from this, growing and developing your own talent can improve how you work, raise your productivity and increase your profits. Verified research by the Institute of the Motor Industry found that apprentices typically generate a return on investment of between 150 and 300% and can generate profit within 18-24 months, often earlier. Figures produced by another study showed that the average apprenticeship improves business productivity by £214 per week, with the apprentice national minimum wage starting at just £5.28 (rate correct at April 2023). Additionally, growing the workforce using apprentices reduces long term recruitment and training costs.
If none of the above are good enough reasons to recruit an apprentice, giving someone a good start in their career is a socially responsible and rewarding thing to do. We all had to start somewhere!
TTS apprentices are vetted through a robust assessment programme to ascertain their suitability and are put through basic skills training, so employers are assured of recruits that are eager to learn, adaptable and well prepared for the workplace. Apprentices and employers both benefit from TTS’s Career Development Officer, Robert Deignan, who is the link between both parties, supporting each with every part of the apprenticeship, from recruitment through to training and qualification.
As well as training apprentices to industry standards, TTS can also incorporate brand-specific modules for employers that require tailored training content and work closely with Peugeot/Citroen, Ford, Toyota/Lexus, Kia, Hyundai and in the truck sector DAF, Renault, Iveco and Scania.
Unlike some other apprenticeship providers, TTS apprentices work for their employer five days per week all year round, with the exception of attendance at TTS approximately one week every two months for training. TTS prefers this ‘block release’ model to a weekly day release, because employers can more easily plan workload around the apprentice being away for training.
The cost of the apprenticeship training is fully funded by the Department for the Economy.
By employing a TTS apprentice you’ll get:
- The skills your business needs – we will train your apprentice to industry standards and for the work your company is doing
- Flexible people – we teach apprentices how to be good employees not just to be good at their job
- Our support – our Careers Development Officer and Technical Training team will help you with every part of the apprenticeship, from recruitment through to training and qualification
- An enhanced reputation – employing an apprentice demonstrates you are an employer that invests in your employees’ development
- Free training for your apprentice – the Department for the Economy will pay for all the apprentice training costs at the TTS training centre.
Cash Bonus – upon completion of the full Level 3 framework the Department for the Economy will pay employers an Employer Incentive Bonus of £1,500 per apprentice.