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Standards and Qualifications: Tackling skills gaps in the motor industry

The IMI exists to boost the productivity and profitability of businesses in the motor industry. We're doing this by identifying and tackling skills gaps and shortages in the industry. We are trying to get the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time.

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National Occupational Standards (NOS)

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The Institute of the Motor Industry is responsible for setting the National Occupational Standards for all sectors of the automotive industry. National Occupational Standards have been developed to cover:

  • The technical areas of the industry
  • Parts operations
  • Sales operations
  • Management, in the form of the Automotive Retail Management Standards (ARMs).

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Vocational Qualifications Reform


In driving growth for the economy, you need employees with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time. In order to achieve this, work-related qualifications have been reformed to better meet the needs of employers, employees and people entering work.

Qualifications are now based on what employers need and what learners can easily access whilst including the best parts of existing vocational qualifications. Fundamentally, they bring choice, clarity and confidence to vocational qualifications.

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Apprenticeship programmes


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An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme. It provides the learner with practical skills through on-the-job training combined with theoretical knowledge through off-the-job learning.

For someone looking to enter a career in the Automotive Industry, an Apprenticeship is an ideal way of doing so. An Apprenticeship gives the learner the best of both worlds, learning and working, enabling them to earn money whilst gaining qualifications.

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