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Moderator's welcome
Attracting Millennials and Gen Z to the automotive retail workforce

Steve Nash, CEO, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)

The IMI explains its recruitment initiative to attract young people to the automotive retail sector to plug the skills gap and identify talented youngsters who will be the future of the industry. Targeting 18-24-year-olds and 14-18-year-olds in different campaigns, Nash outlines project and how dealers can both benefit and become involved

What are we actually doing to attract talent?

Guy Liddall, managing director, Motor Trade Select

Do we do enough to attract, identify, manage and retain talent? The best operators are busy people, is your application process easy? Is your assessment process flexible and confidential enough to allow high flyers to take part? Do you always recruit outside because no one in the organisation has the right skills? Does your manufacturer have the last word, and do you agree with their conclusions? Do we really want the best talent, or are they too much trouble?

Refreshments and networking
Creating a high performance culture to make your team unstoppable

Dr William Holden, chair of Sewells

Drawing on case studies and hard evidence both inside and outside the automotive sector, business improvement specialists Sewells’ chair Dr Holden takes delegates beyond the company vision and values to turn those into behaviours which deliver results. Exploring the ways and means to undertake the journey from where an organisation is today to where its leaders want it to be by creating a culture that inspires its people to achieve.

Initiatives to create a dynamic and diverse workplace

Alison Fisher, group HR director, Cox Automotive –

Creating a high performing culture through creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace is essential for business success. This session explores initiatives to develop a dynamic working environment with diversity and inclusion at its heart including Fisher’s Women with Drive which supports women in the automotive sector and so far has five events under its belt.

Understanding the new apprenticeship levy and new apprenticeships standards

Mark Armitage, head of quality and assessment, IMI

The way apprenticeships are funded and administered is undergoing fundamental change with the introduction of the government’s new levy and some 11,000 levy paying employers still not registered to access funding as well as new apprenticeship standards which require more engagement from bosses, dealers need to be on board to ensure their business is up-to-date.

Lunch and networking
Panel Debate

Claire Rooms,group academy manager, StoneacreMotor Group -
Simon Bottomley, group managing director, Thurlow Nunn
Paul Craven, Head of the Toyota Lexus Academy
Martin Barrow-Starkey, Head of the VW Group Academy

The event will also see a panel made up of some of the industry’s leading figures from HR and sector academies debate the challenges of training and development including their own approaches. Topics will include how talent within the business is identified and nurtured and how personal career aspirations are married to the group’s overall business objectives.

What makes a company a best company to work for?

Andrew O'Kelly, director, partnership  development Europe Best Companies Group

Having teamed up with AM to find the automotive retail sector’s leading employers, Best Companies Group’s O’Kelly looks at the characteristics of a great employer. Drawing on experience of identifying the best companies to work for across the globe, this session pinpoints the key elements at work in some of the UK’s top workplaces.

Summing up
Refreshments and networking