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IMI launches new light vehicle apprenticeship

The IMI has launched its new Apprenticeship Standard (Trailblazer) programme for motor vehicle service and maintenance technicians working in the light vehicle sector.        

The launch of the new Apprenticeship Standard Level 3 programme coincides with the final apprenticeship funding plans published by the government, along with the details and processes involved in the new Apprenticeship Levy which will be paid into by employers with a salary bill over £3m-a-year.

The IMI has worked with businesses across the sector to develop the new standard, which includes an online behavioural assessment tool, gateway tests, an eLog book, and an important end-point assessment.

Mark Armitage, IMI UK business development manager, said: “As the industry’s awarding body the IMI has a mission to help provide the best talent to the industry and the highest quality support to our training partners and the businesses they work with. 

“Our package has everything our customers need and our administrative backup for the transition process will iron out all the bumps in the road ahead.”

The IMI’s new apprenticeship standard reflects government apprentice reforms that include a major change in the roles and responsibilities of employers and training providers. 

In future employers will have a more hands-on role in the administration of the apprenticeship and may need to negotiate training costs with FE colleges and training providers, the IMI said.

A statement issued by the IMI said: “This new culture is causing many employers concern. The IMI is responding to their fears by supporting employers and training providers through the transition. The IMI support team will be touring the country providing face-to-face advice for training providers and employers from today.”

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