IMI receives strong response to free online CPD courses

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Automotive industry body helps professionals maintain skills during coronavirus down-time

Recognising the concern amongst industry professionals that their skills may be impacted during the coronavirus down-time, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has recently promoted a series of free online CPD courses for its members. In less than 24 hours, over 200 professionals signed up to the courses, underlining the commitment and focus automotive workers have despite being unable to do their ‘day job’.

“We have been communicating with our members, and the wider industry, to keep them informed about the initiatives the IMI is taking on their behalf, as well as asking for their feedback and insight into what support they need”, explained Steve Nash, CEO, the Institute of the Motor Industry.  “Of course, for many people in the sector, assistance in understanding about their employment rights during this difficult time has been a  key issue. And our teams of HR, financial and legal experts are providing valuable insight – accessible from our COVID-19 hub – to help address these concerns.

“But what has also come across loud and clear is that our members want to ensure they are making use of down-time to maintain or even improve their skills. In just one day of promoting our free online CPD courses, we received over 200 registrations. It’s heartening - although personally not surprising – to see how determined automotive professionals are to ensure they can maintain their skills ready for when motorists are able to leave their homes and, inevitably, will need their vehicles to be serviced or MOT’d. And for some drivers, they will be ready to make their next purchasing decision as soon as the showrooms are open again. Indeed, the response to our free EV online courses has been particularly strong, suggesting that motor industry professionals are looking to the future and the growing move towards electric motoring.”

The IMI free online CPD courses for members include:

Electric Vehicle eLearning

A multi-module course designed for a wide range of audiences, from individuals wanting basic knowledge of electric vehicles to aspiring Technicians wanting to up skill their ability in repairing electric vehicles. The overall package is divided into eight modules, each focusing on different elements and learning levels of electric vehicle, with the first three currently free.

Strategy and You

All about dealing with uncertainty, questioning the status quo and using a mixture of creative and analytical skills, this short course introduces how strategic thinking can improve performance at work, and how it can be used to help an organisation succeed.

Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Practice Tests

Designed to assist apprentices in their self-assessment and preparation for the Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Practice Tests - ST0033/AP03 online tests during their End Point Assessment.