2003 saw a year-on-year increase in new members of almost 100% for the motor industry’s professional association for individuals, the Institute of the Motor Industry. There were some 2,000 successful applications during the year, bringing the IMI’s total membership to just under 25,000.
The launch of a number of membership recognition agreements with manufacturers, as well as the success of its new Quality Assured Awards (QAA) programme, has contributed to the growth in membership recruitment, says the IMI. This has been boosted further by the introduction of new member benefits including a Continuing Professional Development Programme (CPD), job seeker advice service and a range of technical and management training courses with major industry partners.
Among the IMI’s key objectives for 2004 and beyond are: the development of regional events and participation in CPD; a communications programme to engage a wider trade audience in the work of the Institute; an increase in the alignment of manufacturer training programmes to national framework qualifications and consolidation of its position as the leading awarding body for qualifications in the automotive sector.
Commenting on the IMI’s performance, Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive, praised the support of the industry, which has shown a collective focus to deliver a better qualified workforce:
"Significant progress was made last year in bringing together many threads of excellence across the industry in terms of staff development, which enabled the IMI to recognise individual achievement independently. This has been reflected by a very encouraging growth in members, who desire the recognition and status afforded by membership," she said.
Continued Sarah: "By continuing this momentum, we can move towards acknowledged benchmark standards of competence in all disciplines across the industry and make a career more aspirational by offering clear goals to aim for. Our link with Automotive Skills will play a major role in delivering this over the next few years."