About the Automotive Industrial Partnership

The UK’s automotive manufacturing industry is thriving but to ensure we remain globally competitive, having a highly skilled and adaptable workforce is critical.

The Automotive Industrial Partnership was established by the Automotive Council in 2014, bringing together leading automotive companies and government to ensure the UK’s automotive sector has the pipeline of skills talent it needs now and for the future.

Employers collaborating and driving the Partnership include Bentley, BMW, Ford, GKN, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and employer-led skills organisation Semta are also involved.

Our Priorities

Our priorities are aligned to those in the government’s automotive industrial strategy and range from attracting more young people to careers in the industry, to supporting upskilling, progression and talent retention.

Find more about our key achievements and activities by viewing our infographic and YouTube channel.

Basic Skills
Developing a range of programmes to attract more work ready new entrants to the sector.
Developing an industry standard job framework to attract more new entrant graduates and others to the sector.
New Growth Technologies
Identifying the industry’s current and future skills priorities and developing new solutions to meet the needs of emerging technologies.
Driving up standards and streamlining industry wide recruitment processes to retain talent in the industry.
People in work
Introducing new industry approved qualifications and programmes to upskill the existing workforce and support progression and talent retention.