Apprenticeships rise for first time since earlier than pandemic

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The present educational 12 months noticed a major rise in folks beginning automotive apprenticeships, in accordance with 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 12 months.

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

“Our new evaluation suggests automotive is gaining a broader enchantment, doubtlessly fuelled by the superior applied sciences which can be turning into extra commonplace akin to ADAS and electrical automobiles,” stated Carrigy.

“And what’s significantly fascinating is that there was a pronounced uplift in intermediate-level apprenticeships which can mirror a rising demand for foundational abilities and entry-level {qualifications}, probably 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 discipline for the primary quarter prior to now six years reflecting concerted outreach efforts to youthful folks.

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 alternative within the first quarter of the 2023/24 educational 12 months, with 1,500 begins.

The ‘Autocare Technician’ pathway additionally skilled a major 38% enhance from the earlier 12 months, representing 28% of all automotive apprenticeship begins.

The IMI stated these traits may very well be indicative of particular trade wants or a rising curiosity amongst apprentices in these areas, probably 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 proportion enhance, 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’s 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 12 months 2023/24 which is 9% increased than the identical time the earlier 12 months. That is the very best first-quarter efficiency for the reason that educational 12 months 2019/20.

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