IMI reports increased interest in automotive apprenticeships

Published:  20 August, 2020

 Ahead of GCSE results day, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) reported a significant uplift in Careers Advisors asking for insight into the career opportunities in the automotive sector.

 Jo Hollingdale, Careers & Student Membership Manager at the IMI believes the year-on-year increase in calls from Careers Advisors could be attributed to several factors: “We are tremendously excited to see the increased interest from Careers Advisors.

“We believe the fact that automotive offers such a wide range of job roles – from vehicle technicians on light and heavy vehicles including the new generation of electric vehicles, to sales and training positions -  is one of the key reasons it is attracting increased interest from students, and their Careers Advisors, this year. We also believe the rapid career progression potential of the sector is appealing to students who may be feeling right now that doing A-levels and going onto university in two years’ time isn’t necessarily right for them.

“The fact that automotive is at the forefront of technological development – from electrification to autonomous and connected driving – is also likely to be attracting a new generation of individuals.

“The government’s commitment to apprenticeships – as announced by the Chancellor in July – is also likely to have re-ignited interest in this vocational career route.

“The key message we are giving Careers Advisors is that 16 and 17 year olds starting a Level 1 or 2 automotive course now at their Further Education college will gain the right foundations to then consider a Level 3 apprenticeship with an employer as the UK economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19.”

The Insider’s Guide to Automotive Apprenticeships  from the IMI provides students and their advisors with help to plan the next step on their career ladder: www.autocity.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/apprenticeship-guide-imi-autocity-and-calex-feb-2018.pdf

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