The IMI launches new programme of webinars to help individuals and businesses

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Automotive industry body offers invaluable insight on key industry issues during lockdown and beyond

Automotive industry professional body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is launching a new programme of webinars to give automotive individuals and businesses practical support as the impact of COVID-19 continues to challenge the sector.

The first two webinars take place in the first week of May:

Learning in Lockdown - Wednesday 6th May – 11.00am

Mark Armitage, Head of Membership Products and Services at the IMI, along with other learning experts will discuss innovative ways to maintain development and training in a virtual and social distancing world. What changes the industry can expect as lockdown is eased will be discussed as well as how the use of different technologies can help employers sustain learning and the new ways to effectively deliver End Point Assessment, including using video-conferencing technology. How businesses can meet the new challenges presented when it comes to apprenticeship recruitment will also be debated.

The webinar is free to attend, to reserve a place click on IMI Webinar Training and Development.

Your business survival guide - Tuesday 12th May – 2.00pm

Hosted by James Scoltock, Editor, MotorPro and with speakers including Andy Savva, 'The Garage Inspector' and independent automotive aftermarket business expert, this webinar will provide insight and advice on keeping staff and business owners safe during this unprecedented time. It will cover employee rights and employer responsibilities to ensure legal requirements are adhered to and maintained as well as look at ways to effectively engage with customers through online resources and how to communicate the measures being taken when it comes to implementing social distancing rules at premises.

The webinar is specifically aimed at Independent Garages, Bodyshops and MOT centres. Free to attend, to reserve a place click on IMI “Your business survival guide”.

“Our new programme of webinars will enable us to reach out to those in the motor industry – individuals and employers as well as those training and learning - who need advice and guidance on key areas to help them prepare and adapt to an uncertain future as lockdown restrictions are eased”, confirmed Steve Nash, CEO, for the Institute of the Motor Industry. “We continue to respond to the needs of our sector and these webinars are just one of the ways we are providing vital resources to support our members”.

Further webinars are scheduled for the rest of May – details will be added to the IMI’s COVID-19 Hub page as speakers are confirmed.