TTA Directors David Coupe and Rachael Scanlin-Davis were delighted to attend the recent Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) Networking Event on Productivity Upskilling. The event was centred around and focused on an issue that TTA is truly passionate about – apprenticeships and developing a younger highly skilled workforce to safeguard the future of the automotive and logistics industries.
The Northern Automotive Alliance (NNA) is an independent not-for -profit company based in the North West of England. It provides a membership service combined with a project management delivery function to the automotive community. The NAA supports a wide variety of business in the automotive industry, from micro-companies through to the local global vehicle manufacturers, and offers a diverse service using its established networks. This includes the provision of training, events, funding applications and strategic, business and technical advice.
The NNA Productivity Upskilling event was held on 6th March at Leyland Trucks and addressed the issue of apprenticeships in the industry. The primary goal of the networking event was to show employers and businesses how apprenticeships can not only support individuals in their continuing professional development and help employers recruit, retain and upskill staff and bring profitability back into businesses, but also how the new apprenticeship standards can potentially help manufacturers and businesses plug the longer-term skills gap in the automotive industry.
Throughout the course of the day several workshops and discussions were held about apprenticeships, the Apprenticeship Levy and how businesses can utilise and access the Levy Pot. A number of discussions also took place about how businesses might best address the issue of the Levy, with the Toyota, Leyland Trucks and Blackpool and Fylde College approaches all being discussed. The afternoon sessions were dedicated to presentations on apprenticeships, T Levels and Degree Apprenticeships. The final part of the day was spent touring the Leyland Factory.
TTA would like to thank the NNA for organising the event and Leyland Trucks for hosting it. The networking event was very interesting and informative and we’re sure all the businesses who attended came away better informed.