The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has reported a major increase in students registered for its vocational qualifications.
To date this financial year, almost 11,000 candidates have begun training, compared to just over 9,000 in the same period the previous year, an increase of over 22%. In November 2005, more than 3,000 new candidates signed up for IMI qualifications at the Institutes 350 approved assessment centres.
Having grown its market share in motor industry qualifications by over 40% in the past four years to 76%, the IMI is the leading awarding body in the automotive sector and has frozen its qualifications fees for the fourth consecutive year.
Commented Alan Mackrill, IMI Director of Learning and Skills:
The introduction of on-line services, including registration, certificate claims and e-assessment, has allowed the IMI to greatly enhance its customer service and administration processes, which in turn has allowed us to continue to maintain a highly competitive fee structure for our approved centre network.
As well as further growing its student population from 46,000, the IMI is planning to introduce a new membership package in 2006 specifically aimed at young people aged 25 and under, offering a range of benefits to add value to their career development within the retail motor industry.