Automotive professional body, the Institute of the Motor Industry, is taking a leading role at the 2021 British Motor Show as it sponsors the IMI Technology Theatre, as well as supporting the Automotive Careers Expo. On the IMI stand – R10 in the EV Zone (Hall 5) – visitors will have a chance to learn more about the wealth of career opportunities the sector offers. Motorists can also find out how the IMI Professional Register can help them find a garage with technicians qualified to work on their vehicle.
As Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI explains, the world of motoring is changing beyond recognition – from the acceleration to zero emissions to the advances in automated driver assistance systems (ADAS) and connected motoring. And the changes present immense opportunities for those who want to work in the sector as well as making it more important than ever for motorists to have confidence in those who sell, service and repair their vehicles.
“226 job roles, a premium on earning potential for those with up to date qualifications and some of the most exciting technological advances for 100 years – automotive offers a wealth of opportunities whether you’re already in the sector; looking to make a career change or just starting out in the jobs market. And crucially we’re a sector that is desperately short of people with the right skills – so the potential is immense.
“The IMI Careers Team will be on hand at the British Motor Show with advice and tips to help anyone interested in furthering their career.
“The IMI team will also be able to help motorists understand why it is vital they choose a technician who has the right, up to date, qualifications to work on their vehicle.
“Some may be surprised to learn that, unlike a number of other professions, there is no licence to practice in automotive. Therefore, anyone can set up a garage and start working on vehicles without any proof of their competence. The IMI Professional Register addresses that gap by providing motorists with a directory of technicians who have made a commitment to IMI professional standards. These include having the core skills for the job; continuous professional development to stay up to date with automotive advances and behaving professionally and ethically.
“Whatever brings people to the British Motor Show, we hope they will take the time to visit the IMI stand and find out the role we are playing in keeping Britain motoring.”
Key features on the IMI stand will include:
• The IMI Careers Hub
• The IMI Professional Register
• IMI TechSafe
• VOCANTO e-learning
• Lucas Nuelle Car-Train training unit