IMI offers full support

Steve Nash, chief executive at the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has offered full support to the new skills minister, Anne Milton.

Steve said, ‘The IMI welcomes the news that Anne Milton MP has been appointed to the role of minister for skills, and we’re delighted that she already has a raft of experience, and interest, in the futures of young people. Britain is facing a turbulent time with many unanswered questions so we believe it’s more important than ever that we have people in place that can drive forward the reforms surrounding apprenticeships and skills. ‘

‘The motor industry is wholeheartedly committed to apprenticeships, already the IMI certificates 12,000 apprentices each year. And, with the introduction of the Levy, giving more businesses financial support towards training, we expect those numbers to increase to tackle the ever-widening skills gap.’

‘Now is the time for government to run a tight ship with a strong minister in place so that both the motor industry in particular, and the UK as a whole can reap the rewards from the increased numbers choosing the vocational training route.’