GET your career motoring with a job in the car industry.
New registrations grew for the third month running in October, as consumers clamour for hybrid and electric models.
But the switch from traditional motors means a skills shortage, with manufacturers looking to woo talent. Here are some roles.
Jim March, Chief People Officer at McLaren Automotive, said: “We are an iconic brand that relies on a diverse and dynamic team. Careers are supported through mentors, so you learn from leading experts.”
JAGUAR LAND ROVER – 800 JOBS: Specialists in autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, electrification and data science are sought, with flexi-work available.
Its apprenticeship scheme starts in January, too. Dave Nesbitt, Digital Product Platform Director at JLR, said: “We’re creating some of the most digitally advanced vehicles.”
HALFORDS – 1,000 JOBS: There are openings for automotive technicians.
The firm hopes to attract more women into their roles, with “later-life” apprentices aged 50-plus wanted.
For more info, see halfordscareers.com.
CONTECHS – 175 JOBS: This car design and engineering specialist has roles in next-generation EE architecture and EV platforms.
Based in Essex and the Midlands, Contechs MD Pete Jarvis said: “It’s vital to nurture all-important skill sets if Britain is to make its mark in the EV market.”
Email [email protected].
ELLA HITS TOP GEAR
ELLA Podmore MBE is blazing a trail for women in the motor industry.
Ella, 27, is a Senior Materials Engineer at supercar firm McLaren Automotive and was named the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2020.
Research from children’s charity Plan International reveals one in four secondary school girls are interested in a career based on STEM subjects – sciences, technology, engineering and maths – but worry about a lack of female role models.
Ella, of Brentford, West London, is passionate about encouraging more women to follow their interest.
She said: “I love being an engineer because it is a job where you can really make a difference.
“The automotive industry is incredibly exciting and with the electrification revolution happening at the moment new technologies are emerging that will change automotive products forever.
“So now is the time for you to be involved. With our charity partner Plan International, we have pledged to work with 1,000 schoolgirls by 2025.
“Seeing how kids react to our supercars and finding out about the team who makes them is fantastic. The kids’ energy is so impressive.”
FOOTIE ‘HOLIDAY’ ADVICE
WORLD CUP wonderkid Jude Bellingham has urged fans to skip work to watch the footie – but what would happen to you if you did?
Here employment lawyer Peter Nicholsons at NelsonsLaw.co.uk explains how to win with your boss.
1) Am I entitled to time off to watch matches? Bosses are braced for requests. If they cannot grant them, staff expectations must be managed. Or staff could maybe make up time later.
2) What if I want to watch a match at work? Before key games, bosses should remind staff what they are and are not expected to do during this time.
3) What if I pull a sickie? Many employers will monitor absence more closely at this time. Any unauthorised absences could led to disciplinary action.
4) What about watching online while at work? Employers should reinforce internal policies, that may already be in place, for limits on personal internet and social media use.
5) What if I am not a footie fan or don’t agree with the tournament being in Qatar? Employees should not be disadvantaged if they opt out of World Cup events at work.
6) How can businesses embrace the 2022 World Cup? Screen matches in a break room, arrange themed social events or run a sweep-stake. It can boost morale.
IT’S SLACK FRIDAY
DOING a sneaky bit of Black Friday shopping at work?
Seven in ten employees admit buying items online from their desks. But bagging a quick bargain could cost you your job.
A quarter of employers have fired someone for using the company internet for activity not work-related.
Kate Palmer, HR Advice Director at employment law consultants Peninsula, says: “It’s understandable people look to save money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
“But if they spend working hours online shopping instead of fulfilling their duties, this is an issue.
“Shopping of any kind should only be done during designated breaks or outside working hours. Check your firm’s policies, especially regarding internet use, and personal devices.”
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The bank has also launched Rise Start-Up Academy to help budding fintech entrepreneurs launch firms in just 20 weeks.
It is free to join and founders need not give up equity.
Sonal Lakhani, Global Head of Fintech Innovation Programmes and Strategic Initiatives at Barclays, said: “We want to give aspiring entrepreneurs impacted by this wave of lay-offs an opportunity to build the future and come on a journey with us as we deliver next-generation products for our customers and clients.”
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