100% increase in motor trade professionals promised
There will be a 100 per cent increase in the number of apprentices joining the motor trade in the next five years, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has said.
The motor industry is recruiting individuals from Poland, Australia and New Zealand to fill the current 11,000 vacancies.
In fact, the IMI stated that the automotive retail sector will require 120,000 workers over the next decade.
Chief executive of the IMI Sarah Sillar commented that changes in the industry have prompted the promise.
"With rapid vehicle evolution, a shifting retail landscape and intense scrutiny from consumer groups, a robust and respected retail motor sector of the future means that we need to attract and retain highly capable young people who have got what it takes to make a career in what is a highly credible professional vocation," she said.
David Lammy, the minister for skills, added that the pledge would help the government to reach its target of increasing apprenticeships across all industries.
The IMI awards membership based on individuals' qualifications, career history and motor industry experience.