IMI supports apprenticeship levy

Apprenticeship numbers may have seen a sharp fall over the last year since the introduction of the Levy, yet, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) says more businesses must take advantage of its available training funds.

With the government aiming for three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, the IMI says the Levy is the driving force in achieving this figure – however more must be done if businesses are to fully understand how they are best to spend its training funds.

Since the launch of the new Standards in 2016, the IMI has registered over 2,000 apprentices across its 660 training centres and more than 70 Approved Centres have begun the transition from Frameworks to Standards. The IMI is also set to launch new Standards for customer service, auto care and land-based engineering later this year.

Chris Cotterill, business development manager at the IMI, said, ‘The IMI’s role in the new Apprenticeship Standards is as an End-Point Assessment Organisation. Our role is to comply with the assessment plan for each of the Standards we offer; providing the bespoke products and services required to ensure independent End-Point Assessment.’