The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has launched two new apprenticeship standards which have been designed to upskill those people working in car dealerships’ customer service, parts and sales roles.
Perrys Group has blamed cost pressures including the apprenticeship levy, pension costs and a higher minimum wage for a set of 2017 annual financial results which showed a 65.7% decline in profit before tax.
A lack of understanding of the career opportunities offered by automotive apprenticeships and young people’s ability to learn on the job is leading to a lack of parental encouragement, the IMI has found.
The continued decline in the uptake of apprenticeships has prompted business chiefs to suggest that the Government’s target of creating three million new apprenticeships by 2020 “does not look possible”.
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