Published 01/07/2016 00:00:00 in Press Releases

RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA) are back on the road again, cascading and sharing new and business critical information.

As anybody working in our sector knows there is debilitating skills shortage, with the need to cultivate our own young talent being more relevant than ever.

This round of events will focus on apprentice recruitment with some of the very real and practical apprentice training options available. Our keynote speakers, Bob Linwood of AutoRaise, and Mick Pilling of Remit will update attendees on the impending changes to apprentice training programs and how your body shop can capitalise on those changes

Speaking of his involvement with the roadshows, Bob Linwood says:

“I am really excited to be talking about how the AutoRaise charity is developing and what our current activities are. There is so much going on, and I'm delighted that we have this opportunity to work with the RMI on these roadshows and to continue raising the profile of the skills shortage and the ways in which we are making a positive impact.

“I am especially pleased that the RMI Bodyshops have chosen apprenticeships as one of the key topics for these roadshows; it's a further demonstration that there are many organisations in the industry who are aware of the need to bring new talent in to the sector, and who are happy to support AutoRaise in its aims to make our industry the most attractive and rewarding career destination that it can be.”

Furthering the importance of addressing the skills shortage within the industry, Remit’s Mick Pilling states that:

“The current shortage of skilled body and paint technicians continues to impact on repairers throughout the UK with an increasing number of employers looking to apprenticeships as a solution to plugging that gap. At the same time the government’s apprenticeship reforms are creating a new apprenticeship model and a radical new funding regime.

“Against this backdrop it is great to have the opportunity of updating employers on apprenticeship developments and the chance to listen to employer’s views through the RMI Bodyshop Roadshow events. Having been involved in motor industry apprenticeship training for over 25 years I know that where the relationship between employer and training provider is effective the concept of ‘growing your own’ through apprenticeships can have tremendous benefits for everyone involved.

"In addition to the vital apprenticeships information we will also be updating members on the up and coming Electromagnetic Field legislation, due on 1 July 2016. We will be dispelling some of the myths associated with the new legislation and providing members risk assessment solutions that meet the needs of the HSE."




Rupal Rawal, Press Officer
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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