Autotech Group has announced a second appointment to its newly launched academy division, with Dave Walker joining the company as National Careers Manager.
Providing qualified college leavers with a gateway into the industry through a paid internship, Autotech Academy is set to help hundreds of young people gain valuable work experience, and make the transition into full-time automotive employment within 3-12 months.
Working within apprenticeship and training roles in automotive companies such as Ford and Scania, Dave Walker has over 30 years of motor industry experience. Couple this with management positions within the automotive faculties of FE Colleges and Dave is the ideal candidate to drive forward Autotech Academy.
Acutely aware of the issues both colleges and automotive companies face in recruiting young talent, in his new role, Dave will collaborate with FE Colleges to identify current and recently qualified students with the right qualities, skills, and attitude to then find them the right paid internship position.
Considerably cutting the time it takes for automotive employers to mentor new, inexperienced college leavers, Dave will be the link between employers and interns, providing both with ongoing support.
“The industry has needed a new platform for fully qualified college leavers for many years,” comments Dave. “Even back in the ’80s, as an automotive student, I saw too many people with a passion for the industry lost to other sectors as a result of being unable to secure an automotive role.
I am now delighted to be joining Autotech Academy, as I believe it is the missing link which will help young people gain a solid foothold on the automotive career ladder while helping the industry retain talented individuals.”
James Mackay, Director of Autotech Academy, commented: “Dave is a great addition to the Autotech Academy division. He brings a wealth of experience with him, and an understanding of the pressures both FE Colleges and automotive employers face during the recruitment process. He will be integral to the success of Autotech Academy.”