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ELECTRIC TAXI FACTORY HAILED IN COVENTRY

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ELECTRIC TAXI FACTORY HAILED IN COVENTRY


The London Taxi Company (LTC) has opened a new vehicle plant in Ansty, Coventry to construct purpose-built, mass-market electric taxicabs.

LTC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese VM Geely, has invested more than £300m in the new site in order that the TX5 will be produced at the plant and exported around the world. The investment and expansion of LTC has created 1,000 new jobs, including 200 engineers and 30 apprenticeships.

The site has the capacity to build more than 20,000 vehicles per year and the new vehicle is using the Volvo electric powertrain and platform, although the design of the outer body looks similar to previous taxis.

Deliveries of the new vehicle are expected to start in Q4 of 2017.

Chris Gubbey, Chief Executive of the London Taxi Company, said: “[The opening] marks the rebirth of the London Taxi Company. A company with a singular vision; to design and build dedicated urban commercial vehicles that can operate without emissions in cities around the world and bring down running costs for drivers.”

The London Taxi Company briefly went into administration in 2012 after parent company Manganese Bronze failed to secure funding, having failed to make a profit for five years. Geely, which already owned 20 percent of the taxi firm’s stock, bought the remainder of the company from the administrator in early 2013 to save it.

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‘DONT SCREW IT UP!’ SMMT PRESIDENT SENDS BREXIT MESSAGE TO GOVERNMENT

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‘DONT SCREW IT UP!’ SMMT PRESIDENT SENDS BREXIT MESSAGE TO GOVERNMENT


gareth-jones_headshot_smmt-presidentGareth Jones, outgoing President of SMMT sent a clear message to government in a speech. “This Government has, commendably, put Industrial Strategy at the heart of business and the Department of Business.  It does so as it faces its toughest challenge – leaving the EU,”  he told delegates at the organisation’s centenary dinner.

“So, as it considers how to shape our future outside Europe and how to continue to grow the economy, our message is this: The United Kingdom is recognised the world over for its automotive strength. Don’t screw it up! “

Jones also discussed apprenticeships, mentioning that Sir William Lyons, Henry Royce and Henry Ford as well as SMMT founder Frederick Simms had all started their careers as one, and this was also the way that he, Jones, had started in the industry. “We need to capture the imaginations, the hearts, the minds of our young people before they leave school. To show them and their teachers that the business on their doorstep could just be the opportunity of a lifetime” he said.

“So I am clear on this: becoming an apprentice is not a second-class option. It never has been. Apprentices are innovators. And quality apprenticeships are crucial to our industry’s future”.

Jones concluded by welcoming Toyota UK MD, Tony Walker to the two-year Presidency post.

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APPRENTICESHIP REFORM IS A ‘POTENTIAL DISASTER’


Plans do nothing for 'critical skills shortage' say experts

Plans do nothing for ‘critical skills shortage’ say experts

Motor Industry trade bodies have expressed dismay over the arrangements put in place for apprenticeships.

IMI Chief Steve Nash says the piecemeal approach of Government apprenticeship reforms is a ‘potential disaster for the motor industry’. Nash is urging ministers to undertake a wholesale review before pressing ahead with the changes. Meanwhile, RMI Bodyshop Director Jason Moseley warned that the new funding rates ‘fall concerningly short’ of those needed to deliver a ‘robust and quality’ apprenticeship programme.

Government has announced new funding arrangements for apprenticeships in connection with introduction of the Training Levy in 2017. The IMI says that many of the courses currently used by the motor industry to fill around 13,000 apprentice vacancies every year are subject to cuts of up to 50 percent in Government funding. This has sparked fears that the retail motor sector will suffer a trainee drought from next year, worsening what the IMI calls an ‘already critical skills shortage’ across the nation.

The IMI believe the Government’s plans are designed to push its ‘Trailblazer’ and ‘Employer Standards’ Apprenticeships. These courses attract three times the funding under the new arrangements than most current training schemes. £18,000 for a level three compared to £6,000 the three- year courses available now. However, with just one exception, the Institute say that none of the new schemes for the motor industry have been completed and that most won’t be fit for purpose for some time. In the meantime, the Institute believes that some of the existing courses will become economically unviable for colleges to provide leaving employers and learners in difficulty.

Nash said, “These proposed funding levels will leave some vital apprenticeships with up to 50 percent less funding. Employers around the country will struggle to get training places for their apprentices under this system. It begs the question, how this can possibly support the Government’s aim to create more apprenticeships?

Moseley said: “Funding levels in our industry are four times less than that for an aerospace technician – which is concerning to see as modern motor vehicles are often more technology laden than an aircraft. These new funding rates will affect hundreds of apprentices in our sector at a time where we should be increasing our investments – not reducing. This has a significant knock on effect to insurance companies who use our members to repair their policyholder’s vehicles safely.

“Newly appointed Apprentice Minister, Robert Halfon MP, has a golden opportunity to undertake an end to end review of the whole reform process and ensure that the new system is absolutely fit for purpose before the existing one – which delivered well over two million apprentice starts in the last parliament –
is rendered unusable”, concluded Nash.

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