RMI BODYSHOPS URGE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW THE NEW PROPOSED APPRENTICESHIP FUNDING RATES

Published 02/09/2016 00:00:00 in Press Releases

RMI Bodyshops (NAB & VBRA), the UK’s trade association representing vehicle body repair, is urging the Government to review its recently released funding levels for the new trailblazer apprenticeships.

Jason Moseley, RMI Bodyshops Director comments, “the new funding rates proposed fall concerningly short of those needed to deliver a robust and quality apprenticeship programme. The proposed rates do not cover the funding required for equipment, tools, products and teaching resource to deliver these programmes.

“The government is proposing to drop the current apprenticeship framework rates for a 16-18 year old in some vehicle body and repair programmes by up to 26%.  We are urging government to leave the existing rates for 16-18 framework apprenticeship programmes until the new ‘standard’ rates are agreed and implemented for 6 months.  

“Motor vehicles are becoming increasingly technical and complex, and unless the government correctly funds the skills needed to repair them, there is a real risk of unsafe vehicles being returned to the road following a repair.

“Funding levels in our industry are 4 times less than that that for an aerospace technician – which is concerning to see as modern motor vehicles are often more technology laden than an aircraft.

“These new funding rates will affect hundreds of apprentices in our sector at a time where we should be increasing our investments – not reducing. This has a significant knock on effect to insurance companies who use our members to repair their policy holder’s vehicles safely.

“We are however pleased to hear that the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, new Minister of State for the Department for Education is now going to review STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s) funding levels, which will hopefully improve the levels needed for the body repair sector.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Rupal Rawal, Press Officer
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Web: www.rmif.co.uk Email: rupal.rawal@rmif.co.uk

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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