Automotive manufacturing suffering skills shortage

Posted on 17 Oct 2011 by The Manufacturer

More needs to be done to fill the skills gap in the automotive industry according to a six-month parliamentary inquiry by the Skills Commission which has suggested a more integrated approach.

The report recommends professional bodies working more closely with schools, colleges and higher education.

Attending the launch of the report at the House of Commons, Linda Stansfield FIMI, chief operating officer of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), said: “We welcome the report issued by the Skills Commission as its recommendations are in line with much of the work already undertaken by the IMI for the automotive retail industry.

“As the professional association for those working in the retail motor industry, the Government licensed Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the automotive retail industry and the governing body of the ATA scheme, we are central to the skills solutions for the industry.

“We have been actively promoting the career progression routes for those starting apprenticeships through our Accelerate programme and are currently developing a Level 4 Apprenticeship scheme which would see young people going all the way from technician to manager.”

The IMI has two programmes in place to encourage and support 16-24 year olds into the industry. The Headlight programme was developed by the IMI with specialist teachers through the National Schools Partnership (NSP) that includes a series of creative curriculum-linked teacher and student resources, with the motor industry as the exciting backdrop.

The IMI also launched its Accelerate programme recently, aimed at assisting 16-24 year old apprentices with their careers.