The two companies will operate in two divisions, IMI Awards and Automotive Skills, beneath the umbrella of the new IMI Group.
The enlarged organisation will be headed by Sarah Sillars, who now becomes IMI Group chief executive. Allan Tyrer will remain as the company secretary and finance director.
Steve Nash, chairman of the IMI’s new executive board, said: “This step will lend greater synergy to the sector and will deliver a focused and dynamic approach to the skills agenda, including management and leadership.
“The move is actively supported and encouraged by the automotive industry across all activities and has been endorsed by stakeholders in having real benefits for the sector and its employees.”
The move is supported by the Government, which is expected to confirm the combined organisation as a Sector Skills Council shortly.
The combined body is located at the IMI’s headquarters near Hertford.