Industry needs greater employee engagement and industry consolidation, says IMI’s Steve Nash

Garages cannot afford to overlook employee development, he warns in wide-ranging interview

Industry needs greater employee engagement and industry consolidation, says IMI’s Steve Nash

In its latest ‘Autotech Talks’ video, Autotech Recruit CEO Gavin White speaks to Steve Nash, CEO of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

During the pandemic, the IMI witnessed a significant increase from its 75,000 members for support.

With 97 per cent of all automotive businesses now up and running, but 120,000 employees within the sector still on furlough, Steve discusses the ‘broad brushstroke’ of government support which missed many areas.

Sharing his fears that training and recruitment, which featured so highly on the agenda of many automotive businesses before the lockdown, will now be pushed further down the list Steve also admits that, while training will look very different, there will still be a place for face to face training.

Steve draws parallels with the financial crisis a decade ago: “The seeds of the familiar problems are coming up again.

“But it is important to broaden an employee’s engagement from within their role – businesses cannot afford to overlook development, or they will face the cost.”

On creating a pipeline of talent, Steve discusses the 87 per cent drop off in automotive apprenticeships since the pandemic and how FE Colleges – the Cinderella of the industry – needs government support to ensure provisions don’t disappear.

He said: “Delivering automotive courses requires a high level of investment – we need large numbers of students coming through the ranks.”

During discusions, Steve also suggests that “electrification is here to stay,” and focuses on the urgent need for ADAS and fully autonomous driving training.

“The fact that there isn’t an appetite for general licensing by the government is a sad thing.

“But, as these new technologies come through, it is vital that we are on the right path.”

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