IMI Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Institute of the Motor Industry Awards has been announced, with winners due to be revealed at a prestigious evening at the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane, London, on 15 March.

This year sees two new categories introduced to reflect the changing landscape of the automotive industry.

The President’s Award 2023 focuses on Environmental, Sustainability and Green Innovation in Learning, while the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Award showcases the work of those in the industry who are championing the drive towards an increasingly inclusive sector.

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI said: “Although our sector continues to battle a skills shortage, it is tremendous to witness such a diverse wealth of talent across all our award categories. This year’s entries illustrate the positivity and determination across our sector, which has made the job of shortlisting finalists tough for our judging panel. The energy and enthusiasm of every entrant must be applauded; showcasing them will significantly help attract people of all ages, physical abilities, ethnicity and sexual orientation to embrace our industry.”

The shortlist is:

Apprentice of the year: Coll Izatt, Fife AutoTech; George Hinkley, Scania South Mimms; Natalie Dickinson, Chelmsford Audi.

Full Time Student of the year: Declan McCloughlin, Macclesfield College; Imran Uddin, New City College; Thomas Morris, Bridgwater and Taunton College.

The President’s Award 2023: The AA; Rivus; UK Truck & Plant Group.

EDI Award: Arnold Clark; Jardine Motors Group; Volkswagen Group UK.

Partner of the Year Award: Exeter College; Technical Topics; LKQ Euro Car Parts.

Outstanding Contribution to the Automotive Industry: Andrew Cook, Got Boost; Auto Trader; Darren Smyth, Exeter College.

Contribution to the Work of the IMI: Autotech Training; BMW Group Academy UK; Gareth Saldanha-Fallows, Acorn Training.