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IMI to focus on five 'big wins' as the new Sector Skills Council

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has a new role as the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the retail motor industry, having been granted the Government licence last week.

The IMI says it will focus on five 'big wins' to help employers generate improvements in productivity and performance through a workforce which is better trained, qualified and recognised.

The 'big wins' are also aimed at enhancing the perception of the sector in the eyes of consumers and those seeking a career.

The IMI says activity will concentrate on the following areas:

* 14 -19 year old provision - Working with schools, colleges and training providers to encourage high academic achievers into the industry through automotive-specific vocational qualifications, including the launch of new 'engineering diplomas' in 2008.

* Adult learning - Engaging employers to assist staff in improving basic skills, as well as opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge, wherever possible through access to public funding, such as Train to Gain and Women in Work.

* Careers - Making the sector a desirable career option by educating key audiences and implementing career paths. Working with employers and stakeholders to improve staff retention and apprenticeship completion rates respectively.

* Management and leadership - Equipping managers with skills which will deliver improved bottom line performance through access to industry specific practical and economically valuable training.

* Sector Qualification Strategy - The development and implementation of an employer led framework of qualifications and accredited training which is fit for purpose in the retail automotive sector.

Sarah Sillars, chief executive of the IMI group of companies, said: "Further to the industry's successful collaboration on the Automotive Technician Accreditation scheme, there is now a tremendous opportunity to build on this and make a real difference to the whole sector by working with employers and stakeholders to raise the bar in terms of holistic skills, which ultimately will give a return to their businesses. "Achieving a cultural change in the way we all think about skills will be challenging but the rewards will be evident in time."

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