RESEARCH

 

These reports are a suite of reports prepared as part of the sector skills agreement (SSA) negotiated between stakeholders in the retail automotive sector.  The SSA process commenced in 2004 and most reports present a view of the sector in 2006. 

The SSA represents a milestone in the development of processes that will ensure the United Kingdom has sufficient numbers of appropriately skilled people to meet the future needs of the retail automotive industry and in particular to meet the targets identified by Lord Sandy Leitch in his 2006 report, a Prosperity for all in the global economy - world class skills.

This report reflects the work of Automotive Skills Ltd (ASL), which was the original sector skills council (SSC) for the retail automotive sector.  Readers should be aware that in July 2007 ASL merged with the Institute of the Motor Industry IMI, the industry’s professional body since 1920, and in September 2007, the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) issued IMI with a licence to be the SSC for the sector.  The name ‘Automotive Skills’ is still used by IMI in relation to its role in developing national occupational standards and qualification frameworks.

The nature of the retail automotive sector means that research and policy development is ongoing.  Also, there are ongoing changes to the sector’s footprint.  Details of current research, the wide range of policy issues being addressed in the sector and the most recent definition of the sector’s footprint can to be found on this website.

The SSA looks at specific-sub sectors, regions and nations and takes account of the unique issues each face in addressing the skills agenda. It has been developed in a five stage process which has included:-

 -  Stage 1 – gathering of evidence on the need for skills
 -  Stage 2 – review of training provision
 -  Stage 3 – identification of key issues and gaps between needs and provision
 -  Stage 4 – discussion with employers and stakeholders to identify opportunities for collaboration
 -  Stage 5 – agreement between employers and stakeholders, including training providers and funding bodies for actions and solutions.

Skills Needs Assessment:
The Skills Needs Assessment brings together a variety of data sources to provide an overview of the skills and demographics of the retail automotive sector workforce. Automotive Skills launched Automotivate – the sector skills agreement for the motor industry – in the late summer of 2005.  These reports provide a detailed examination of the skills needed in the retail automotive sector both now and in the years ahead. They look across the UK, and form Stage 1 of the brokering process.  The information in the report is derived from primary and secondary research, both qualitative and quantitative.

Please see the Stage 1 reports.
Stage 1 Skills Needs Assessment
Stage 1 Northern Ireland
Stage 1 Scotland
Stage 1 Wales

Analysis of Provision
This stage of the SSA identifies the qualification and training provision that is available to the retail automotive sector. This stage, with the intelligence established by the Skills Needs Assessment (SNA), forms a robust evidence base to determine the key challenges to the sector in developing a skilled and qualified workforce.

Please see the Stage 2 reports
Stage 2 England
Stage 2 Northern Ireland
Stage 2 UK
Stage 2 Scotland
Stage 2 Wales

Gap Analysis and Market Testing
Stage 3 of the SSA has drawn on the outputs and analyses from Stages 1 and 2, which have been discussed, refined and agreed with employers, providers and stakeholders across the UK. This report outlines the agreement of what the skills needs of the sector are and provides a series of solutions that form the basis of the draft action plans contained in the home nation reports.
This report also includes the results of the gap analysis and market testing activities carried out as part of Stage 3.

Please see the Gap Analysis and Market Testing links.
Stage 3 Northern Ireland
Stage 3 Scotland
Stage 3 Wales
Stage 3 UK


Action Plans for the Sector

Five main skills categories were identified reviewed and defined through Stages 1 to 3 in five broad groups:
 -  Management & Leaderships Skills
 -  Employability Skills
 -  Basic Skills
 -  Generic Skills
 -  Technical Skills

Taking into account the employer commitments and stakeholder agreements included in this report we have established a foundation for future action to implement the SSA, and we look forward to working with employers and stakeholders to successfully implement the SSA. We have brokered the SSA. Now is the time for employers and stakeholders to work together to up-skill the sector’s workforce.  We will work with all partners to make this happen.

Please see region and nations action plans below.

Stage 5 Action Plans - North East England
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Stage 5 Action Plans - East Midlands
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Stage 5 Action Plans - East of England
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Stage 5 Action Plans - London
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Stage 5 Action Plans - North West
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Stage 5 Action Plans - South East
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Stage 5 Action Plans - South West
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Stage 5 Action Plans - Yorkshire and Humber
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Stage 5 Action Plans - West Midlands
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Stage 5 Action Plans - Scotland
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Stage 5 Action Plans - Northern Ireland
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Stage 5 Action Plans - Wales
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