Leaders in the automotive industry have come together (7th March 2019) for the launch of Mission Motorsport’s new Mission Automotive initiative, created in partnership with The Royal Foundation and The Ministry of Defence.
The Mission Automotive initiative will help service leavers and veterans into UK Automotive industry jobs. Covering the entire sector, from components, infrastructure and software through to manufacturing and logistics, the project will supply a broad range of highly-relevant skills to the job market. As the move to electrification in this industry gains pace, the initiative will also provide a welcome boost through the dissemination of high-voltage competencies that are commonplace in all three Services.
“I have been on the most amazing journey with Mission Motorsport and it has culminated in a fantastic new job with an amazing company. I’ve worked really hard to make the most of everything that I have been offered – and it has paid off in the end” Colin Murphy – Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations , Ex Royal Navy
A key focus of the Mission Automotive initiative is the ability to give those that enroll the skills required to tackle the challenge of the automotive industry’s electrification. Covering not just vehicle design and manufacture, but also maintenance, repair and disposal as well as the implementation of the UK’s charging infrastructure.
Since the first Invictus Games in 2014, Mission Motorsport partners have helped 1700 veterans into work of whom over 150 were ex-servicemen and women categorized as wounded, injured or sick. By encouraging companies to develop their own mechanisms to support veterans employment the Armed Forces Community are able to thrive, realise their potential and promote positive change in others.
By mapping military career groups to the qualifications required by the sector, Mission Automotive lets UK industry tap into a pool of unrealised talent and deliver sustainable and relevant employment opportunities for service leavers, veterans and their partners.
“Supporting veterans and their partners with the next stage of their lives not only helps the individual become a valued member of a team again; it also allows organisations to build a dynamic workforce by harnessing a broad range of transferable skills that veterans have acquired during their military service.” Lorraine Heggessey, CEO, The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex