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.”

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