Developing the skills of those working in the automotive sector through continuous professional development (CPD) is a key objective of the new CPD portfolio launched by the IMI.
Following extensive consultation with those working in the sector, the new CPD offer has been developed to meet growing training needs and for the first time brings courses covering areas such as new technology to those who previously couldn't access these types of training opportunities before.
The IMI has developed partnerships with a number of industry specialists to provide some unique and exciting training opportunities. The organisations involved include; ACT, Argo, Bridgwater College, Calex UK, Grass Roots, Mercedes Benz, Nelson Croom, Par Automotive, RTS, Thatcham and Training 2000.
The courses available are offered through a range of formats to suit different learning styles and time availability including face to face courses, workshops, webinars and e-learning. Subjects include passenger car technology, vehicle damage repair techniques, management & leadership development, sales processes, customer service, compliance and legislation.
Tony Hetherington, technical training manager at Mercedes-Benz UK said: "We are very pleased to be working with the IMI to deliver valuable training to the industry. Having specifically created a suite of 10 one-day modules that will support professional development; we look forward to working with those committed to CPD to extend the skills and knowledge base in our industry"
Lesley Woolley, head of professional development at the IMI said: "If you want to achieve more, it's vital that your skills keep pace. CPD is about developing yourself and demonstrating you are equipped to respond to the rapidly changing automotive industry. We're therefore excited to be able to offer a range of courses and e-learning designed to help support ongoing professional development of those working in the sector."