IMI concerned over skills gap

Industry body expresses fears following report

Published:  01 June, 2011

Industry body IMI has expressed concern over the vacancies caused by the skills shortage in the motor trade compared with the wider economy.

The institution has pointed out that a report recently prepared showed that the greatest skills gaps in the sector occurred in skilled trades (37% of all skill gaps for the sector) compared with just 8% across the rest of England, which the report was specific to.

IMI chair Sarah Sillars said: "The rate of technological change in the automotive industry is currently being driven by competition, consumer demands, and regulation. This is creating a constant requirement for businesses to anticipate  change and invest in training to help staff keep pace with developments."

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