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Apprenticeships benefit businesses, individuals and the industry as a whole because they help to develop skilled, knowledgeable and competent automotive professionals.
For individuals, apprenticeships allow them to earn while they learn, combining on-the-job practical skills with theoretical knowledge from off-the-job learning. For businesses, apprenticeships provide a new employee with up-to-date skills and the latest knowledge.
The IMI carries out more than 90% of automotive apprenticeship end-point assessments.
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UK apprenticeships: a quick guide
Apprenticeship Registration & Certification - England
In England, the IMI is responsible for maintaining automotive apprenticeship frameworks, which are compliant with the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE). Previously, we were also responsible for developing frameworks.
These frameworks are available under the downloads section on the right of this page and on the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO).
Also, the IMI Apprenticeship team is happy to answer any queries from employers, training providers or those wishing to become an apprentice.
What has changed with Apprenticeship frameworks in England?
Due to government reforms around apprenticeships, SASE frameworks are currently in the process of being replaced by new style standards, under the Trailblazer initiative developed by employers. The following automotive SASE frameworks have been removed:
Multi-skilled Vehicle Collision Repair - withdrawn for new starts from 1st December 2016
Advanced Diagnostics and Management Principles - withdrawn for new starts from 1st December 2016
Government has stated that the last possible date for registration of new learners on remaining live SASE frameworks will be 31st July 2020. Therefore, no new learners will be able to register on any SASE frameworks from 1st August 2020, as funding will have ceased.
Although the last given date from government for registration is 31st July 2020, this is only possible for frameworks with qualification dates that mirror this. Therefore some frameworks may close for registration earlier than 31st July 2020, if the component qualifications within them have expired.
More information on SASE framework removals can be found on the removal of apprenticeship frameworks page on the government website.
Apprenticeship Registration & Certification - Scotland
The IMI is responsible for developing and maintaining automotive Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks in Scotland; we are also responsible for processing Automotive and Logistic Apprenticeship certifications for those completing Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks.
To find out what Apprenticeships are available in Scotland and how to apply for them, visit Skills Development Scotland.
For queries relating to apprenticeship registration certification please contact us.
Apprenticeship Registration & Certification - Wales
The IMI is responsible for developing and maintaining automotive Apprenticeship Frameworks for Wales, which are compliant with the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASW).
To see all available SASW Frameworks, please visit the Apprenticeship Certification Wales website and Framework Library.
For more information on Apprenticeships in Wales and to find out what’s available, how to find one and how to apply, visit Careers Wales on the government website.
The IMI is also responsible for processing automotive apprenticeship certifications for those completing Welsh Apprenticeship Frameworks.
For queries relating to apprenticeship certification please contact us.
Apprenticeship Registration & Certification - Northern Ireland
The IMI is responsible for developing and maintaining Automotive Apprenticeship frameworks for Northern Ireland, and these are available in the downloads section on the right of this page.
For more information on Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland and to search for apprenticeship opportunities, visit NI Direct.