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My motoring inspiration: Julia Muir

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This industry pioneer explains how she’s helping to bring new blood into the automotive sector

This industry pioneer explains how she’s helping to bring new blood into the automotive sector

Who or what inspired you to work in automotive?

I first started working in the sector when I was about eight years old. My dad ran a home tuning service, and I would take bookings on the phone and occasionally accompany him and help to fill in the service check sheets. Years later, when Perrys Motor Group came to my university to find recruits for a graduate management trainee scheme, I jumped at the chance.

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Tue, 12/03/2019
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World Skills Live: The winners

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WorldSkills Live has come to a close for another year, with thousands of attendees walking through the doors and seeing the breadth of what the motor industry has to offer.

WorldSkills Live has come to a close for another year, with thousands of attendees walking through the doors and seeing the breadth of what the motor industry has to offer.

The event is the nation’s largest experiential skills and careers event, covering an area the equivalent of nine football pitches, and an arena for leading employers to offer hands on experiences and talk to young people about what’s important to them, and what the industry has to offer.

At the core of the event are the National Finals of the WorldSkills UK Competitions. Where young professionals compete against their peers for a chance to win medals in their skill and the possibility of representing the UK on the international stage.

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Fri, 11/29/2019
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Five key elements to the perfect CPD plan

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Putting a CPD plan in place will help your career develop, follow these tips to get it started

Putting a CPD plan in place will help your career develop, follow these tips to get it started

Continuous professional development helps you progress in your career, reaching the goals you want and making sure you don’t lose sight of the targets you set yourself.

It can be tricky deciding what you need to include in a CPD plan, but John Fogerty, Training and Development Director at Vanarama clears things up with the five core elements every plan should include.

1.    Clear Objectives

Without doubt my number one recommendation has to be clear employee objectives. How can you plan personal development if you don’t know where you are heading?

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Thu, 11/28/2019
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Boost your development with a CPD plan

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Without continuing professional development, careers can stagnate, don’t let that happen – put a plan in place

Without continuing professional development, careers can stagnate, don’t let that happen – put a plan in place

If you take care of your employees, then your business is likely to be a success too. At Vanarama, that’s the ethos behind our push to make sure staff members have a plan of action to keep them progressing in their careers.

Vanarama launched as a van leasing business in 2004 with a team of just three people. Fifteen years on, our Hertfordshire headquarters are home to nearly 250.

With so many people on the team, the challenge is keeping them all motivated, and a CPD plan has been one of the most important tools in achieving that.

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Tue, 11/05/2019
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My motoring inspiration: Adrian Davies

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The Jaguar Land Rover big cheese explains why he’s just as enthusiastic about this evolving industry now as he was when he was 12

The Jaguar Land Rover big cheese explains why he’s just as enthusiastic about this evolving industry now as he was when he was 12

What triggered your interest in the motor industry?

At 12 my dream was to own a garage. My best friend’s father owned some franchised garages in the south east and in the holidays we would help out, stacking parts and cleaning cars. I really enjoyed the buzz and the environment.

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Tue, 10/01/2019
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How to kickstart your automotive career

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The motor industry offers huge diversity of career options, Julia Muir, gives her six points to consider when looking at starting out

The motor industry offers a plethora of options for potential career paths, from sales on the dealership floor to technicians maintaining vehicles and everything in between and beyond.

With so many opportunities it can be overwhelming taking the first step into joining the industry, but it needn’t be.

Julia Muir has worked in the industry since joining Perrys Motor Group from university, going on to work for companies including Ford and PwC, in a career that has taken her from the UK to Germany and Spain and back again.

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Mon, 09/16/2019
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Why you need a personal development plan

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How a personal development plan can help steer your career and help you achieve everything you want

Everybody wants to gain as much as they possibly can from their career, whether it’s improving your skills base, or rising through the ranks as quickly as possible, but in order to do that you need a plan.

Which is why it’s important to draw up a personal development plan (PDP), something that will help steer your personal and professional development, enabling you to reflect on your performance at work, previous and future learning, your achievements, and form a basis for your future development.

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Wed, 08/28/2019
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Frank Massey: The rise of the oscilloscope

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In the fourth and final part of his series, Massey explores the skills required to be a modern vehicle technician

History shows that personal vehicle ownership is a privilege, not a right. I believe that the future lies with a fully integrated public transport system operating in harmony with personal transport. This is made more likely by sharp increases in operating and ownership costs. Drivers will move to leasing and short-term rental over ownership. Such a shift will undoubtedly affect all sectors of our industry.

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Mon, 08/12/2019
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Frank Massey: Three step guide to finding faults

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In part three of Frank Massey's story, he explains how a more methodical, multi-modal approach to fault diagnosis is the best way to work

Evaluating vehicle faults is a highly skilled job. It’s absolutely crucial to clarify the difference between responding to a measured value and offering an opinion based on experience. There can be no excuse for internet-based guesswork; however, we are all human and I will fully admit to leaning on my intuition.

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Mon, 08/05/2019
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Frank Massey: Component knowledge

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In part two of Frank Massey’s series, he discusses the lessons he learned from his days as an aircraft assembler and how it helped him become an exemplary technician

In 1979 and I was an airframe technician on final assembly at BAE’s military aircraft division at Warton, Preston, which involved fitting the swing wings, tailerons and fins.

A background in precision engineering made my move into aircraft assembly relatively comfortable, and the recruitment drive at the time attracted many automotive technicians.

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Mon, 07/29/2019
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