OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE APPRENTICES IN INDEPENDENTS CONCLUDES IGA SURVEY

Published 06/03/2014 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is looking into the feasibility of an apprenticeship specifically tailored to the independent garage sector following Government plans to change the way apprentice programmes are funded.

The proposed changes will add a considerable administrative and financial burden to small businesses and may discourage them from taking on apprentices.

IGA Director, Stuart James comments, “The IGA is aware that the average ageing profile of a MOT tester is increasing – raising a concern that suitable young people are not choosing to work in the industry.

“We believe that a there is a need for greater investment for independents to take on apprentices, and are working with our members and government to draw up an initiative that will accommodate the needs of independent garages.

“As an industry we need to recruit, train and develop now, the skill set needed for the future”.

A survey of IGA members showed that 56% of the 691 garages who took part would be more likely to consider taking on an apprentice if a scheme was developed by an industry body and specifically for the sector; with only 38% of those surveyed currently having an apprentice, it shows there is a real need for work to be done to secure a future for the industry.

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Rupal Rawal, Communications Assistant
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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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