IMI addresses skills gap with Automotive Work Experience Week

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The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), School of Thought Automotive and Autotech Academy will launch an Automotive Work Experience Week (AWE24), running from 15 to 19 April.

During this week, employers will be encouraged to sign up to offer a week’s placement for at least one young person during 2024 in order to address the 22,000+ skills gap in automotive. The IMI and Autotech Academy have united with School of Thought Automotive will directly connect school-age children, schools, and guardians with employers.

AWE24 will showcase the diverse career paths available, feature work experience journeys from leading industry figures and tackle myths and misperceptions of the sector.

Joanna Hollingdale, IMI careers & inclusion manager, said: “In today’s fast-changing automotive world, the importance of attracting and retaining young talent cannot be overstated. Yet the automotive sector is steeped in myths and misperceptions, with many believing there are limited career opportunities.

“Through AWE24, our united aim is to change this narrative and showcase automotive as an innovative, diverse, and exciting career route to attract a new generation. We need to work collaboratively as an industry to attract young people before they enter further education. Work experience is a vital way to achieve this.”

School of Thought Automotive, established in 2019, is a not-for-profit organisation showcasing the profile of the automotive industry in school years 9-10/11, targeting pupils, parents, and educational institutions.

Autotech Group provides a pathway for college leavers in securing their first automotive job.

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