The IMI alongside bodyshop repairs association NBRA and recruitment consultants Ingenia Recruitment have launched a petition calling for the authorities to add motor vehicle technicians, painters and panel beaters to the official UK Government Shortage Occupations list.
Stating that simply training apprentices will not in itself resolve the problem, Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI, added: “Other solutions must be found and one such solution is for the key automotive technical roles previously mentioned to be added to the UK Government’s Shortage Occupation List, facilitating easier recruitment of talent from abroad. That is why the Institute of the Motor Industry is supporting this petition.”
The petition needs at least 10,000 signatures in order for government to respond. However, 100,000 signatures allows the subject to be considered for debate in parliament.
The industry needs your help: sign the petition here