The Institute of the Motor Industry claims to be on target to become “the first choice End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the automotive sector” after putting 5,000 apprentices through the process.
The IMI said that the landmark figure showed that there was a high level of demand for a clear pathway for new talent wanting to enter the industry as it attempted to help business’s bridge the skills gap.
Mark Armitage Head of Membership Products & Services, said: “Reaching 5,000 registered apprentices in our role as an End Point Assessment Organisation is an important milestone. The motor retail sector remains one of the strongest advocates of apprenticeships, but more needs to be done.
The IMI currently offers 14 different Apprenticeship Standards and last month it 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.
Armitage said: “As motoring technology evolves, with demand for lower emissions, connected vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles, the skills gap continues to widen.
“This issue must be urgently addressed. The IMI is focused on helping businesses engage with young people and raise the quality of vocational training in the automotive sector and create a vibrant and sustainable pipeline of talent for the future.
“And as the next generation of workers head to their schools for A-Level and GCSE results, with career options front of mind it is vital that parents, schools and their future employers understand the genuine life-time benefits of vocational learning.”