In an overwhelming response to a survey of its 25,000 members, the need for improving individual employability and recognition came out as the key objectives which members felt the IMI, and the industry in general, should focus on.
Representing a ‘snap shot’ of all sectors in the motor industry, IMI members noted that formal recognition of achievements and opportunities to develop professionally would assist in improving the wider perception of the motor industry and raising the profile, employability and status of those working within it, particularly technicians.
Complementing the roll-out, this month, of its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) initiative, to encourage members to stay up-to-date and improve their skills, the IMI has launched a new ‘job seekers’ service for its membership.
Developed in association with automotive recruitment and development specialists, rts, the service offers guidance on job applications, CV preparation, personal presentation and interview techniques. Additionally, members can browse all motor industry vacancies on the internet, through one portal, thanks to a new partnership with Motor Jobs Network.
Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive, said today:
"Our members have spoken and we are acting. My team and I are absolutely focused on delivering a valued offering that will enhance the employability of all those who engage with the IMI. By enabling people to achieve the relevant qualifications, stay current with CPD and being recognised for their efforts, the industry will make significant progress in the need for the recruitment, development and retention of qualified and competent individuals to meet business targets."