IMI welcomes Budget training move but says more is required on EVs – Motor Trader

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has welcomed the Chancellors Budget announcement that he is set to pump £3.8bn into training over the current parliament.

But CEO Steve Nash said that the Budget should have given more attention to training and the roll out of electric vehicles in the UK.

The current apprentice models are not keeping up with the acceleration in technology and car sales.

“The Chancellor’s promises for training and development, to build a stronger economy, should be commended.

“The £3.8bn investment over the course of the current parliament in training is good news for the UK as a whole.

“However, there was a lack of detail around how the additional £2.7 billion for apprenticeships up to 2025 will be applied.

“In particular we believe that there needs to be an acceleration in the updating of apprenticeship models to reflect the new innovations in automotive, which currently relies very heavily on employer input.

“Those employer panels would certainly benefit from some additional resources to support their important work. Without this, the government’s own ambitions in Decarbonisation could be seriously undermined,” he added.

“Currently the apprenticeship models are not fully aligned to the evolution of electric vehicles and other new and rapidly evolving automotive technologies. Yet the pace of growth in sales of EVs in particular has increased enormously in the last 12 months. Without a properly qualified workforce, the EV revolution – which is fundamental to the government’s Decarbonisation plan – could stall.”


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