IAAF and IMI continue to offer Coronavirus advice and support

Published:  30 March, 2020

Automotive sector organisations continue to offer support to the garage sector, as the UK enters its second week of partial lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “The government has clearly identified the important role the automotive aftermarket supply chain plays in people’s mobility. While motor factors, suppliers and garages can stay open, it is essential that businesses follow NHS and government guidelines to protect the health, safety and well-being of employees and customers.

“Parts distributors that offer a trade counter service should adhere to the strict government social distancing measures implemented throughout all essential services, however retail counters should close. One IAAF parts distributor member is now operating a ‘one in – one out’ trade counter policy in order to comply with social distancing rules.”

Wendy added: “In recent days, IAAF has issued letters to a number of government departments, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, urging for more help for the entire automotive aftermarket supply chain.”

Meanwhile, the IMI Is making sure training and qualifications are still accessible. “The IMI has been focused on providing our members with support to ensure they can maintain their professional standards during this challenging time,” explained IMI CEO Steve Nash.

“ In particular, a focused working group has been adapting our support tools to ensure that the learners who have been working hard over the last few months and years to achieve their qualifications and accreditations will not be at a disadvantage simply because of the current situation.

“The IMI is working very closely with regulators and government bodies to ensure it can effectively support learners that are due to achieve qualifications and Apprenticeship End Point Assessments in the coming weeks and months. This includes looking at options of using more technology, where appropriate to deliver assessments remotely.

“The IMI has also extended the renewal dates for individuals who have an IMI Accreditation due to be renewed. This aims to enable time for IMI centres to plan re-accreditation events, following what will hopefully be a short-term impact on a large number of educational organisations staying at home. Any IMI Partners that had previously only accessed IMI eLearning off-line have been given online access for the next six months, so that they can support their learners remotely. Providing instant access to claimed certificates, the IMI has made a full switch to digital certification.”

Steve added: “These are incredibly challenging times for everyone, but we know that our role at the IMI is to ensure we support our members and IMI Centres to best manage their current operational needs. That includes operating our Legal Helpline to assist any members who are concerned about their working conditions or employment contract.”

To find out more about IMI support visit https://www.theimi.org.uk/landing/covid-19/

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