The automotive sector is facing a multitude of complex, ongoing challenges, including the rapid advances in technology, the pressure to decarbonise and filling the widening skills gap.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the professional body supporting those who work in the sector, has launched a major research project: IMI Future of Automotive Survey: Your Voice. Our Drive.
The aim is to uncover what is important to those working across automotive and where the IMI can better support the sector in the future.
“We are committed to ensuring the IMI continues to fulfil its remit and helps to change perceptions to attract new talent to fill the skills gaps,” said Steve Nash, IMI CEO.
“Alongside our There’s More to Motor campaign which focuses on changing perceptions of the industry, this new study is vital to help us shape and secure the future of the profession.
“Our vision remains the same: to ensure that the automotive retail sector has a skilled, competent and professional workforce, able to keep pace with the demands of new technology and changing markets and remain competitive in a global market. Through this study, we aim to find out what’s important to all automotive professionals today.
“The industry faces challenges and uncertainty but we firmly believe we can come out the other side bigger, better, and stronger and we look forward to learning from the insight provided by everyone who participates in this research.”
The aim of the IMI Future of Automotive Survey is to find out what challenges individuals face in their careers, how the IMI can provide more support and help people to capitalise on future opportunities within the sector.
Insights provided will be “fundamental in ensuring that the IMI serves the sector with the best possible resources, tools and representation, supporting professional growth in line with the ever-changing automotive landscape”, it said.
“We are calling for responses from everyone who is connected to or working in the sector,” added Nash. “All participants will be helping to future-proof the profession, enhancing career pathways, upholding high standards of work, and amplifying the voice of the sector in the years ahead.”
To complete the survey, which ends on 20 October, click here.