So much to take forward from 'Future of Vehicle Electrification' Skills Summit

As a leader in the field, the Coventry & Warwickshire region was the logical host for a recent Skills Summit on the Future of Vehicle Electrification. The event showcased all that is happening now and what is coming down the track in the sector and offered plenty of food for thought...as Warwickshire County Council Inward Investment Manager (Automotive, Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing Lead)  Ian Flynn reports. 

The pressures of environmental change and reform of vehicle regulations and laws are driving rapid change in automotive with the UK moving to a phase out of Internal Combustion Engines by 2030. This means it is more vital than ever that our region has the right skills supply to support industry to adapt, develop and grow over the coming decades.

With this in mind, Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council brought together industry and education partners to review the skills, challenges and opportunities ahead. We did this at a Future of Vehicle Electrification Skills Summit on November 18 at MIRA Technology Institute and an earlier Skills Panel at the Engineering Design Show at the CBS Arena on October 19.

Discussions at the events were fascinating and constructive. They focused on the importance of educating, upskilling and recruiting new talent to support the development of the local supply chain and the needs of new investments locally such as the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and the West Midlands 'Giga-factory' in Coventry & Warwickshire.

Key facts

  • Coventry & Warwickshire directly employ 50,000 people in future transport technology R&D, design, test and development and manufacturing.
  • Gigafactory will directly employ 6,000 and a further 15,000 indirectly.
  • Local supply chain strengths lie in a strong talent supply and a unique design, R&D, test and development and manufacturing eco-system.
  • Recent investments locally include UKBIC and from OEMs Rimac, REE Auto and Lotus Engineering and Octopus Hydrogen.

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