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News & Press: Mar 2019

A successful launch of Mission Automotive

29 March 2019  
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Mission Automotive was unveiled on 7 March 2019 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and will be delivered by armed forces charity Mission Motorsport, in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, DHL, Westway Nissan, Alcon and Bicester Heritage.

Backed by the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Foundation, 'Mission Automotive' will help veterans with specialist skills find jobs in a range of roles across the automotive sector, including in engineering, manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics.

Since 2014, Mission Motorsport partners have helped 1,700 veterans into new careers, 150 of whom were ex-servicemen and women categories as wounded, injured or sick. Mission Automotive will build on this success by enabling UK industry to tap into a pool or unrealised talent. It will deliver sustainable and relevant employment opportunities, mapping military career groups to the qualifications required by the sector.

Lt General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People said: "Our people are at the heart of defence, and we are proud of the very positive contribution they make to society once they leave the military, thanks to the knowledge and skills developed in service. 84% of our service leaders are back in full time employment within six months, which is a testament to their unparalleled aptitude and value. The ground-breaking Mission Automotive initiative will build on this success and improve the opportunities for employers to access the vast potential of the ex-forces community."

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive SMMT said: "From electrification to digitization, autonomous driving to cyber security, the automotive industry is changing rapidly and we need talent to address some critical skills gaps. Ex-military personnel can provide some of these in-demand skills and the industry can provide them with a new career path.

"Mission Automotive expands these opportunities and will let us attack the future challenges with highly trained and targeted talent."

Please see the link of the .gov website - MOD's words that takes the story a little further