The RMI has backed Government moves to address a skills' shortage in the retail motor industry with moves that could see 14-year-olds working in bodyshops.
The federation voiced its support for proposals outlined by Estelle Morris, education and skills secretary, for the introduction of an award for students who complete a combined course in academic and vocational studies.
Mike Allmond, managing director of ReMIT, the training division of the RMI, said: “As part of the proposals the minister has suggested that some 14-year-olds be allowed one day a week release into the industry. At a time when the motor industry is looking at a future skills shortage, plans such as this will, I believe, provide a tremendous boost. For 14-year-olds it would provide an ideal opportunity for young people to get to know the motor industry.
“For the industry, it provides the opportunity to assess the suitability and ability of candidates with a view to a full-time apprenticeship at 16-years-old.