The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is delighted to be able to announce the following







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 22, 2011
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The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is delighted to be able to announce that following a rigorous commissioning process, it has been confirmed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) as the provider to deliver Universal Services for the automotive retail sector. Universal Services cover the key products of National Occupational Standards, Apprenticeships and Modern Apprenticeship frameworks and qualification related products.

The contestable commissioning process open to Sector Skills Councils was designed to encourage collaborative partnerships to deliver these UK wide critical products which underpin game changing skills solutions. The IMI partnered with both Skillsmart Retail and Skills for Logistics putting forward a joint submission.

The announcement follows the earlier news that the IMI had successfully secured over £3 million of investment on behalf of the automotive retail sector as part of phase 2 of the Government's Employer Investment Fund (EIF), to deliver projects to boost enterprise, jobs and growth.

Commenting on the announcement, Linda Stansfield, Chief Operating Officer at the IMI said:

“We’re delighted to have been confirmed by UKCES as the provider for these essential services as the Sector Skills Council for the automotive retail sector. We would like to thank our partners at Skillsmart Retail and Skills for Logistics for collaborating on a joint bid that allows our respective sectors to benefit from ongoing development into the standards and qualifications that support the occupations within these industries.”