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Apprenticeships rise for first time since earlier than pandemic

The present educational yr noticed a major rise in individuals beginning automotive apprenticeships, in response to findings by the trade’s skilled physique, the IMI.

With the very best variety of new enrolments since earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, begins have seen a 9% rise in comparison with the 2022-23 educational yr.

“This uplift signifies a renewed curiosity in each the automotive sector usually and apprenticeships as an entry route, each of that are crucial to construct the expertise pipeline for the long run,” mentioned Emma Carrigy, IMI analysis supervisor.

“Our new evaluation suggests automotive is gaining a broader attraction, probably fuelled by the superior applied sciences which can be changing into extra commonplace reminiscent of ADAS and electrical autos,” mentioned Carrigy.

“And what’s significantly fascinating is that there was a pronounced uplift in intermediate-level apprenticeships which can replicate a rising demand for foundational abilities and entry-level {qualifications}, presumably serving as a gateway to extra superior coaching or responding to present job market wants.”

The IMI knowledge additionally exhibits a considerable rise within the variety of under-19s starting automotive apprenticeships. That is the youngest cohort on this area for the primary quarter prior to now six years reflecting concerted outreach efforts to youthful individuals.

The recognition of particular pathways inside automotive apprenticeships has additionally been notable. The ‘Motor Car Service and Upkeep Technician (Mild Car)’ pathway emerged as the most well-liked selection within the first quarter of the 2023/24 educational yr, with 1,500 begins.

The ‘Autocare Technician’ pathway additionally skilled a major 38% improve from the earlier yr, representing 28% of all automotive apprenticeship begins.

The IMI mentioned these tendencies might be indicative of particular trade wants or a rising curiosity amongst apprentices in these areas, presumably pushed by perceived job alternatives or the dynamic nature of automotive know-how and servicing.

“In comparison with different industries, automotive has the tenth highest share improve, which is extremely excellent news for a sector that has a major abilities hole to fill,” added Carrigy. “And with Beneath 19s accounting for 64% of apprenticeship begins, there may be a lot to be inspired by to construct the expertise pipeline.”

There have been 3,700 automotive apprenticeship begins within the first 3 months (Aug to Oct) of the tutorial yr 2023/24 which is 9% greater than the identical time the earlier yr. That is the very best first-quarter efficiency for the reason that educational yr 2019/20.

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