The great apprenticeshift

Apprentice in workshop

It’s National Apprenticeship Week, a great opportunity to remember how fundamental apprenticeships are for the automotive industry.

Apprenticeships are becoming important for all organisations; we have three colleagues at the IMI completing theirs right now. One, Georgia Murnane, is actually doing a world-first apprenticeship in community management. 

Research shows apprenticeship numbers are bouncing back after a torrid couple of years. There were 12,914 automotive apprenticeship starts in the full academic year 2020/21, which is 67% higher than the previous year. That’s brilliant news.

But we need to push to bring more talent into the industry through apprenticeship routes. If you’re looking to get into automotive, the career options are fantastic. If you’re a business looking for new skills, apprenticeships are an essential ongoing investment in talent, and also provide a serious return on investment.

This may be the best time ever to start an apprenticeship.

Colleges across the UK offer courses in state-of-the-art workshops; there’s huge interest in electric vehicles in particular as the automotive industry gears up for the shift to electrification.

Find out more about apprenticeships and what they could offer at IMI Autocity and there’s a huge bank of related stories on MotorPro too.

The IMI is here to help. If you have any career or skills questions, get in touch and we’ll find the answers for you. Call +44 (0)1992 519025, or send an email to 
With my very best wishes
Jo Hollingdale

Careers and Student Membership Manager