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IMI launches new accident repair apprenticeships

Steve Nash, chief executive at the IMI

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has launched three new accident repair apprenticeships offering after being appointed as End-Point-Assessment-Organisation for three new Level 3 Apprenticeship Standards.

Designed to train future technicians, the new Level 3 Apprenticeships cover Vehicle Damage Mechanical Electrical and Trim (MET), Vehicle Damage Paint and Vehicle Damage Panel and will help to “future proof” the repair sector, according to the IMI.

Written for employers, by employers, each of the new Standards replace the outgoing apprenticeship frameworks and encompass the evolving technologies now becoming commonplace in the automotive sector, it said, making them ideal for aspiring technicians looking to specialise in accident repair.

“The new Level 3 Apprenticeship Standards for MET, Panel & Paint have been developed by employers for employers”, explained Chris Cotterill, the IMI’s UK business development manager.

“This means that apprentices who successfully complete the programme of learning and pass the End-Point-Assessment will absolutely have the knowledge, competencies and behaviours required to work within these job roles in today’s Vehicle Damage Repair environment.

“It is crucial that Apprenticeships form part of the solution for addressing skills shortages in this sector and these new standards ensure that apprenticeships continue to be a viable option in succession planning.”

Coterill said that the IMI was proud to have been appointed as an End-Point-Assessment-Organisation (EPAO) for the new apprenticeship standards.

“We are excited to be part of the collaborative efforts that will bring through a new generation of highly skilled people into the industry,” he added.

The IMI offers apprentices, training providers and businesses expert advice, an online eLogbook, Gateway assessments and practice tests – plus the End-Point Assessment that certifies that all apprentices meet the criteria.

Plus, on successful completion, all apprentices automatically gain IMI Membership, enabling them to demonstrate their professionalism and commitment to the industry, it said

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