Volvo Car UK is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for 300 new technicians to join its 119-outlet dealer network by 2020, in line with the brand's increasing sales and its growing product range.

The S90 and V90 models most recently launched and, with more new products set to arrive in the coming years, Volvo aims to increase its technical talent by almost 50%, adding to the 600 existing dealership technicians to support the brand and meet the demands of the network as its sales continue to grow year-on-year.

With cars that include technology such as Pilot Assist, a semi-autonomous drive feature, advanced technical knowledge is vital to keep customers' cars in the best possible condition.

The increased aftersales teams will see, on average, five technicians per site by 2020, with fast-track development opportunities available through web-based training and one-to-one assessments. Retailers offer this through a structured career path, leading to ongoing certifications and qualifications, which can start from service apprentice through to master technician.

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."

Volvo Car UK recently announced a GBP6m spend on a training centre in Daventry, to enhance further its successful apprenticeship and development schemes.