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IMI backs Careers Village at British International Motor Show

This year’s new-look British International Motor Show, in partnership with Lloyds TSB Insurance (to be held at ExCeL London between 20-30 July) will feature the first-ever Careers Village to help visitors learn more about the wide variety of careers available in the sector.

The Careers Village will run for the whole show, giving all 500,000 expected visitors the chance to get involved. This exciting new area will provide all the information and guidance needed by students, school leavers, graduates or adult jobseekers looking for a new challenge.

The Careers Village will give visitors the chance to learn more about modern automotive technology through a range of interactive displays as well as by offering live internet access to develop their skills through the latest learning experiences. Experts from all levels and sectors of the industry will be on hand to chat to visitors to give practical advice on every facet of the industry - from manufacturing and engineering to science and research, from management, sales, maintenance and repair to qualifications and technician accreditation.

The Careers Village is being led by the SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), Automotive Skills and imie (the Motor Show organisers), with support from a coalition of key industry bodies, including the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Motor Show organiser, Kirsty Adams said: 'This is a great opportunity to use the new style motor show to demonstrate the wide variety of career opportunities in the UK motor industry. People don't fully realise what a vibrant industry it is and it’s important to encourage new people to think about joining us, whether in manufacturing, retail, maintenance or repair. The Careers Village will do just that!'

For further information on the Careers Village, log on to www.automotiveskills.org.uk/motorshow

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The British International Motor Show is open to the public from 20-30 July 2006 at ExCeL London. 18 July is press day, with 19 July reserved for trade visitors. Trade tickets are now on sale via the Trade section of the British Motor Show web-site. Log on to www.britishmotorshow.co.uk or call 0870 060 0245.