All future rides in new cabs will contribute towards the training of the next generation of automotive engineers – thanks to a number of new initiatives at LTC, the leading UK manufacturer of black cabs.
Alongside investing £300m in designing and building the next generation range extended electric black cab, LTC is working to ensure that all new cabs are built by highly skilled UK engineers, graduates and apprentices – and have invested in a number of key training programmes to make this a reality.
The latest part of LTC’s programme to train and develop the engineers and mechanics of the future was revealed with the launch of LTC’s retail apprenticeship scheme. The apprentices on the scheme, who have started at LTC last week, will play a role in ensuring that both the current and next generation taxi is maintained to the highest possible standards.
These high quality apprenticeships involved will last three years – enabling them to complete a wide range of repairs that involve complex procedures, or in depth knowledge. These apprentices who will be based in approved LTC retail approved service dealers around the UK, ready for the launch of the new taxi.
Martin Crouch, General Manager at LTC, said:
“This fantastic three-year scheme gives youngsters the solid grounding they need to be able to service and maintain our next generation electric powertrains. Due the recent rapid changes in the automotive sector this sorts of skills are in relatively short supply but thanks to support from LTC and the UK’s Skills Funding Agency we can work to bridge that gap.”
This programme will sit alongside LTC’s manufacturing apprenticeship programme and its graduate programme, which is now in its second year. All of these individuals will play a critical role in the launch of the new cab, whilst sales of the vehicle will support future waves of recruitment. This means that anyone who drives or hails a new black cab will be directly supporting the training of the next generation of automotive engineering talent.
Laura Haines, HR Director at LTC, said:
“These two programmes underline our commitment to ensuring that the development of the world’s first purpose built ultra-low emission taxi supports the UK’s growing excellence in electric vehicle production. This will help nuture talent for what is expected to be a fairly rapid transition across the automotive sector to new energy vehicles."
LTC’s parent company, Geely, is also supporting British automotive engineering talent as the main sponsor of the British supersonic vehicle project, Bloodhound SSC. The bulk of this project is being undertaken in the UK and is primarily aimed at getting school children interested in science and engineering. Bloodhound aims to break the current land speed record of 763mph in October 2017, with could reach a target speed of 1000mph in a second run in October 2018. Andy Green, the driver who will attempt the world record, is expected to arrive on the site of the world record attempt in South Africa in a black cab.