The IMI’s Professional Register has gone live to the public.
The scheme, developed by the IMI and backed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, aims to showcase those technicians who have a proven commitment to quality and ongoing training. Those technicians who are ATA registered or who are members of the IMI will already see their names and businesses displayed online.
The IMI says it wants to use the register to help the sector improve its image by changing public perceptions, as well as increasing consumer confidence in the industry.
IMI Chief Executive Steve Nash said: “The industry is not licensed at this point in time and anyone can set themselves up as specialists with no real qualifications. At present these people are on a level playing field with those who have made an investment in proper training and professionalism, which is not good for the retail motor industry. The Professional Register allows the public to differentiate between people who are investing in training and development and those who do not, placing skills at the heart of our industry.
“I believe that the more people that sign up to the Professional Register in the automotive industry, the greater chance we have for improving perceptions of professionalism, both on an individual and business level. It is a bold and correct move on the part of the IMI and the sector and I believe that it will change the face of the industry, giving skilled and competent professionals the credit they deserve.”
The IMI is also shouting about its growing range of Continuing Professional Development courses, produced with partners. The courses can be used as part of the criteria for appearing on the Professional Register.
The register can be found online at www.imiregister.org.uk.