Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Welcome to the EDI Resources Hub
With our Diversity Task Force partners, we've created a one-stop shop for all things EDI-related within the automotive sector. Quickly educate and update your knowledge with the wide range of resources, tools and guidance so you can make a positive change in your workplace. Let's all work together to tackle the challenges under-represented groups face.
We're sure you've heard the term EDI by now, but if not, it stands for equity, diversity and inclusion. It's a movement to change the landscape, giving everyone the opportunities and support they need.
Look here at some of the fantastic and thought-provoking work we have carried out, along with some of the leading employers within the sector.
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There's More to Motor
Thanks to electrification and autonomous technologies, it’s the most exciting time to work in automotive in a century. Yet there are many misconceptions about the sector which have contributed to a shortfall in job opportunities and record high vacancies.
That’s why the IMI is on a mission to show that ‘There’s More to Motor.’
Our new campaign aims to challenge the misconceptions of the industry head on; champion the sector and drive recruitment and change through a new diverse workforce; and to start plugging the vacancies and skills gaps.
Read more information on the ‘There’s More to Motor’ campaign and to get involved by sharing your voice.
So, why do we need EDI initiatives:
The automotive sector currently has the highest vacancy rate in over 20 years, and the rate is climbing – There are now 25,000 vacancies in the sector.
The IMI carried out extensive research, which highlighted the need for a closer look at how diverse and inclusive the automotive sector is so we can work to tackle the turbulent times that the sector is facing.
Source: Stats have been taken from the IMI's Diversity Task Force Report, which can be accessed here.
As well as being the socially and ethically right thing to do, there are compelling business reasons why organisations are prioritising diversity and inclusion:
When Professor Saker outlined his idea for the Diversity Task Force, he had a clear vision of what the IMI should be aiming to achieve.
"The automotive sector is facing the most turbulent period of change in over 100 years. The move away from the internal combustion engine towards new power trains, coupled with the rise of what is loosely described as ‘big data’, will inevitably change the products and also the structure and staffing within the whole value chain of the motor industry. There is an increasing need to attract talented people into our sector, although the evidence shows that we are not seen as an attractive place to work.
The sector in the UK has been typified in the media and public perception as employing predominantly white men. If we are to progress as a sector, we need to draw in great people from the whole breadth of society, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, or perceived ability."
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Pledge your commitment to making a positive change today! Join others who have already pledged to make a commitment to positive change and improving inclusion and diversity for all. You can join us on the journey, we'd love to have you.