The Automotive Intro event gave young people the chance to find out more about automotive college courses and apprenticeships at Lincoln College, while also discovering more about the advancements within the industry.
The event also focussed on employers and garage owners, giving them the opportunity to meet the people who make the vehicle components fitted to today’s vehicles.
The college’s workshops and facilities were also showcased at the event and visitors were able to see several demonstrations from suppliers and manufacturers, including TMD friction, Bartec, Varta, Laser Tools and the Lincoln College Electric Avenue – Electric Vehicle workshop.
Peter Jackson, Learning & Skills Lead - Automotive Engineering, at Lincoln College, said: “The event aimed to give young people attending a greater awareness of what the automotive industry now is, rather than what it is perceived to be and for the employers and local garages, it gave them the chance to engage with manufacturers and to be made more aware of the of technology that is being used in vehicles and some of the tooling and systems that they need to be aware of now.
“It’s vital that people keep up to date with the changes that are taking place all the time. We’ve been talking to a lot of main dealers and they’re quite surprised at how advanced we work, certainly in the electric vehicles side of things. So, these events play a vital role.”
James Stavely of Laser Tools, praised the event. He said: “This is the second or third time I have been to Lincoln College - it's a great facility. I've been to many other colleges, mostly around the UK and this always for us is the flagship. Pete and the college's presence on LinkedIn is also always really interesting to follow too. For us it gives us an insight to what is happening with the technicians of tomorrow. where we sit in a bit as a business, you know, in relationship to the colleges.
Andy Vaux of Schaeffler UK said: “We support all colleges nationwide, and showcase all the current technology that's around us as a world leader in innovation for the OEMs. We like to show this to students and give them an insight into what's coming next within the industry.”
Michelle Barrett, business development chair of the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI), said she attended the event to encourage people to upskill in new technologies.
“We've got a massive skills shortage and we need good quality youngsters in the industry. We’ve also got an ageing workforce as well. So it's about showing the career paths they can take.”
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