IMI data reveals apprenticeship resurgence

New data released by the Institute of the Motor Industry has revealed that apprenticeship numbers rose in the first quarter of the current academic year for the first time since the pandemic.

It has reported a nine per cent rise compared to the 2022-23 academic year.

Emma Carrigy, Research Manager at the IMI, said: “This uplift indicates a renewed interest in both the automotive sector generally and apprenticeships as an entry route, both of which are critical to build the talent pipeline for the future.

“Our new analysis suggests automotive is gaining a broader appeal, potentially fuelled by the advanced technologies that are becoming more commonplace such as ADAS and electric vehicles. And what is particularly interesting is that there has been a pronounced uplift in intermediate-level apprenticeships which may reflect a growing demand for foundational skills and entry-level qualifications, possibly serving as a gateway to more advanced training or responding to current job market needs.”

The IMI data also showed a significant engagement of younger individuals with a substantial rise in the number of under-19s beginning automotive apprenticeships.

The ‘Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle)’ pathway emerged as the most popular choice in the first quarter, with 1,500 starts. The ‘Autocare Technician’ pathway also experienced a significant 38% increase from the previous year, representing 28% of all automotive apprenticeship starts.

Carrigy said: “Compared to other industries, automotive has the 10th highest percentage increase, which is incredibly good news for a sector that has a significant skills gap to fill, And with Under 19s accounting for 64% of apprenticeship starts, there is much to be encouraged by to build the talent pipeline.”