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Maximising Apprenticeship Levy Funds: Expert Advice From IMI For Automotive Sector

IMI GIVES AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR EXPERT ADVICE ON MAXIMISING APPRENTICESHIP LEVY FUNDS

Only 3% of all vehicle technicians are currently qualified to work on electric vehicles

According to a new analysis by motor industry body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Clean Air Zones are failing to deliver on electric car targets, with a national average of 8 electric cars per charging point across the UK. 

Automotive charity receives over £2000 from IMI’s 100 challenge

BEN benefits from @The_IMI’s extra mile  Throughout most of October, IMI employees and the wider automotive community rode their bikes, ran and walked to raise vital funds for the industry charity BEN. Over £2,000 was raised and the amount is contributing towards the IMI’s efforts of fulfilling its £100,000 Centenary target for the charity.

The Institute of the Motor Industry extends diversity of experience on its board with two new Non-Exec appointments

#ALD20 - Dr Esther Hills and Rachel Leech bring engineering and membership experience to help @The_IMI professional body remain relevant. 

IMI launches Employability Week

@The_IMI launches Employability Week 12th – 16th October 2020  As the furlough scheme winds down, but social distancing remains a challenge for many communities, putting continued pressure on employers in the automotive sector, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is setting out to help those facing potential job loss. IMI Employability Week, taking place 12th – 16th October 2020, will comprise a series of online resources focused on arming those facing unemployment with the tools to put them in the best possible position for their next job. From refreshing a CV and building an online profile to interview and communication techniques in the virtual world, the dedicated IMI Employability Week web page will also include helpful resource packs, ‘how to guides’, tips and advice, short videos, talks and presentations, and more.  “There is no doubt that the pandemic has seriously affected the UK’s workforce in many ways”, said Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI. 

IMI reports increased interest from Careers Advisors in automotive apprenticeships

Automotive sector professional body @The_IMI sees uplift in Careers Advisors calling for insight into its #apprenticeships ahead of #GCSE #ResultsDay  Ahead of GCSE results day, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is reporting a significant uplift in Careers Advisors asking for insight into the career opportunities the sector offers.

Automotive sector demonstrating resilience

Analysis of new ONS data by @The_IMI reveals June opening of showrooms provided vital boost, although hard decisions still being made

On World Youth Skills Day the IMI urges levy paying employers to retain and recruit apprentices

The Institute of the Motor Industry (@The_IMI) is using #WorldYouthSkillsDay to urge automotive sector employers to think twice before cutting their apprentice recruitment plans for the coming year - Now is the time to use apprentice levy funds 

IMI looks to the future as it lends support to Student Solar Car Project

@The_IMI looks to the future as it lends support to Student Solar Car Project @ArdinglySolar   Automotive industry professional body provides technical expertise for innovative project with ambitious road trip planned for 2021 Ardingly Solar is a collaborative project between two science renowned schools: Ardingly College and Ifield Community College. Long before COVID-19, students from both schools worked together during evenings and weekends to create solar powered vehicles that have raced around the world. From crossing Australia in the Bridgestone World Challenge, to racing around France and Belgium in Solar endurance races, the Ardingly Solar car illustrated the rising talent which matched and often exceeded the expertise of multi-million pound companies and world leading universities. Under the guidance of Dr Andrew Spiers MBE, Ardingly Solar Car Project Manager, and with the help of volunteer companies, teachers and individuals including IMI regional member representatives, Douglas Wragg and Mike Reed, the students from Ardingly College and Ifield Community College had already made a name for themselves in the world of automotive innovation. The arrival of COVID-19 has taken that to a whole new level. Since the lockdown the students have been working remotely – but together – on an exciting new project:  the Flat Pack Car. And the IMI regional representatives have continued to provide vital support. Using the wealth of knowledge gathered since the first solar car was built in 2015, the students decided to create a new project that reflects some of the concerns they have in the modern world, while being both educational and addressing real world issues. “We want to make something that anyone can build, that’s versatile, robust and affordable”, explained Joshua Skeggs (Year 10) Ifield Community College. The idea is to deliver a solar powered vehicle that can be flat packed to site and assembled easily. It should be modular and simple in design with the ability to use local resources and can be used as an off grid power source for remote areas. The students have been meeting up virtually twice a week to analyse and compare ideas. They have been learning to design and realise the project, using research online and programs such as Fusion 360, with every aspect of the vehicle mapped out and created, from the hub motors to the solar panels, dashboard, pedals, steering and chassis. All details are being designed to fit within the given criteria to make sure they fit and work well together while being simple to assemble and robust enough to work off road in remote environments. “Despite being in quarantine, we have continued our work, through video calls and emails and are currently working bit by bit on building a car purely through design and conversation” said Marley Gaule, (Year 10) Ifield Community College. “During this time of COVID where the whole country has come to a standstill, to be part of something that is moving so quickly is super exciting”, added William Price, (Year 13) Ardingly College. And having something to do, like designing a car is pretty awesome!” Refusing to be held back by COVID-19, the students are also planning an ambitious road trip for 2021 in the original Solar Car. Next July, in partnership with the IMI and on behalf of BEN, the automotive industry charity, the students will drive the Solar car from John O’Groats to Brighton, stopping at sites of interest and those that have played a part in the manufacture and creation of this amazing and innovative car. Mike Reed, AAE, MIMI, concluded:  “Douglas Wragg and I have found working with everyone on the Solar Car projects immensely uplifting.  We easily get more from the project than may be realised and to be mixing with such intelligent and focussed participants gives us an insight into the character of this country’s future engineers and confidence that our industry will be in good hands going forward.”

IMI data shows big shift in use of e-learning tools

@The_IMI data shows big shift in use of e-learning tools

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