Volvo to grow technician force

Volvo Car UK will recruit 300 new technicians in the next three years. This follows the announcement that it’s investing £6m into a new state-of-the-art training centre in Daventry to build on its apprenticeship and development schemes.

The new recruits will boost Volvo’s 600-strong technical team by 50%. Volvo says each of its 119 dealerships will get an average of five new technicians to boost its aftersales support of the recently launched S90 and V90 models.

Volvo will offer the technicians fast-track development opportunities through innovative web-based training and one-to-one assessments, as well as a structured career path leading to ongoing certifications and qualifications, which can start from Service Apprentice through to Volvo’s highest technical accolade, Master Technician.

The recruitment drive further reinforces the need for talented technicians to join the brand as it marks the next steps in Volvo’s Volvo Retail Experience (VRE) and Volvo Personal Service (VPS) programmes, both announced in 2015.

Jon Wakefield, managing director, Volvo Car UK, said, ‘Any technician joining Volvo will get the chance to work on exciting industry-leading technology, including autonomous drive, in-car connectivity and hybrid powertrains. For those looking to join our 600-strong team of technicians, our continued investment into our staff will allow them to progress their knowledge of new car technology, engineering and design – and grow alongside the Volvo brand.’