TOURING car legend John Cleland has joined the drive to improve skills in the motor industry.
The two-times BTCC champ is also dealer principal at Clelands Jaguar in Galashiels.
He’s just joined the IMI’s Scottish Employers Forum, which is being seen as a major boost in improving experience across the Scottish motor sector.
IMI Scottish national manager, Sandy Burgess, sees the recruitment of the 1990s Touring Car hero as a major coup. ‘Being able to call on John’s experience within championship motorsport gives us a unique edge.’
Cleland’s involvement ‘can only add value to our experienced group of employers, which are working together to help raise skills standards within our industry to improve future business performance.’
The IMI has desires to see 40,000 ‘home-grown’ apprentices working in the UK automotive sector by 2013. That’s a doubling of today’s figure – but is vital to handle increasing vehicle technology. Already, it’s as complex as some aircraft, and this trend is increasing day-by-day.