The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is urging employers and colleges to nominate their students and apprentices for this year’s IMI Skills Competition. Entry is free and could earn employers and colleges additional free training for their nominated employees with the competition counting towards the 20% off the job training in an apprenticeship.
Joanna Hollingdale, Careers and Student Membership Manager of the IMI commented: “It is vital that we celebrate the talent that exists within our sector – and which could eventually be showcased in the World Skills Competition later this year. As such, we are urging employers and colleges to nominate their best trainees and apprentices as soon as possible. Entry is free, and we hope trainers will look at their current cohort of students and apprentices and put forward their top talent for national and international recognition.”
There are four streams in which nominees can be entered:
• Light Vehicle Automotive Technology
• Heavy Vehicle Automotive Technology
• Automotive Body Repair
• Automotive Refinishing
The deadline for nominations is 24th March and the initial online quiz must be completed by 31st March 2023.
Once the nomination has been completed the nominee will be asked to complete a 30-minute multiple choice quiz. Top scorers will be invited to sit an online knowledge test to gain a place in the National Qualifiers. This stage of the competition can be completed anywhere – there’s no need for any live attendance or travel. The one day practical National Qualifiers are held between 17th May and 23rd June 2023.
The top six competitors in each skill area will then be invited to take part in training days in preparation for the practical Live finals in November – with travel bursaries available upon application though WorldSkills UK. Following the final some of the finalists, if they are age eligible, may have the opportunity to progress on to Team UK for the biannual WorldSkills International competition.
Employers and FE colleges can find more information, including a pre-recorded webinar about the IMI Skills Competitions entry and shortlisting process at https://tide.theimi.org.uk/industry-latest/imi-skills-competitions.