Following a strong year in both the motoring services and cycling parts of its business national chain Halfords is set to recruit more than 700 people to fill roles across the country.

Chain to hire technicians

The company, which has 404 stores and 374 garages, has roles for Vehicle Technicians, MOT Testers, Cycle Technicians, Auto Technicians, Store and Autocentre colleagues, Department Supervisors and Management.

Halfords partners with the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) and DVSA to develop qualifications and training and is one of the few employers to offer every technician a pathway to becoming an MOT Tester and Hybrid trained Technician.


The company runs four purpose-built training academies in Basingstoke, Northampton, Bolton and Halifax and spent £1m on technician training in the last year alone.

Andy McBride, Group Head of Resourcing at Halfords, said “Our strategy of focusing on services is paying dividends as more and more people turn to us for fitting and repairs. At the same time, the acceleration in the adoption of electric vehicles is creating new opportunities in our garages. The UK faces a skills gap in electric technicians. As a nation we need to be training technicians at twice the current rate. We’re determined to ensure we stay ahead of the game and play our part in helping people transition to electric forms of transport.”

Legal hand car washes “outnumbered” by illegal sites as £2.5m in fines handed out

Home Office data revealed that 87 hand car washes across the UK were fined some £2.5 million for ‘right to work’ offences in 2023

Read More

Record visitor numbers at UK Garage & Bodyshop Event

Over the two days, the event welcomed an impressive 5125 industry professionals at the NEC in Birmingham

Read More

IAAF launches “myth-busting” Right to Repair campaign

It will focus particularly on the updated Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Order

Read More

Movers & Shakers: New chairman for VLS

All the latest changes from across the sector, including new roles, promotions, and retirements

Read More

Delphi Academy launches “pioneering” hydrogen training course

The two-day ‘advanced hydrogen’ training course promises a deeper understanding on the principles of hydrogen fuel cell

Read More

Go to comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *