Over half of apprentices furloughed says IMI

Published:  15 May, 2020

53% of apprentices in the overall automotive sector have been furloughed according to an ongoing IMI survey, and 83% of those have said they are unable to continue to study in the same way they had been prior to lockdown

It was also revealed that 18% are unable to engage with their employer, while 21% are unable to access learning materials.

Initial findings suggest that more than 2,500 apprentices in the automotive sector could fall between the cracks during their furlough period.To help apprentices and others in this regard, it has launched its own Furlough Register, providing access to a range of free learning resources. 

IMI CEO Steve Nash commented: “There has been much already said about the impact of COVID-19 on our future generations and this has been brought into sharp focus by our on-going study of the sector. Not surprisingly – but disappointingly all the same – it seems that apprentices have been an obvious group to furlough in order to manage costs. And whilst this does offer some level of job security, for the time-being, what seems to have been missed is that furloughing doesn’t mean individuals can’t still study and access the support they need to continue their learning.”

Steve added: “This is a big concern for us in terms of whether the apprentices will actually return to the workplace at the end of the furlough period. And that is not only a risk for the sector as it needs to be well prepared and well-skilled for the next generation of automotive technology. It is also a huge waste of the investment already made by the apprentices, their training centres and employers.”

To join the IMI Furlough Register, apprentices just need to complete the survey here: https://bit.ly/2T7Qeyq

They will then automatically receive updates from the IMI as new materials are added to its resource bank.

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