Institute of the Motor Industry launches new skills points scheme

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has launched a new points scheme to recognise the skills efforts of industry players.

The IMI, the sector skills council for the automotive retail industry’s new initiative, ‘SkillMiles’, awards points to businesses backing the skills drive through financial and ‘in kind’ contributions, including time and effort.

The scheme will have a tiered points system to ensure that contributions, from both large and small firms, are weighted fairly. IMI has also devised a grading system of recognition – bronze, silver, gold and platinum – according to the total number of points accumulated.

SkillMiles points are awarded for particular activities as a means of measuring specific effort which can be recognised officially by the industry, and government.

Steve Nash, chairman of the IMI executive board, said: “We all carry some accountability for ensuring that our workforce continues to evolve and develop to the benefit of business and its customers.

“The SkillMiles scheme provides a meaningful way of acknowledging efforts and paying tribute to those who are actively making a difference to the industry through their work and commitment to improving performance, many of whom are unsung heroes.”

Tools franchise, Snap-on Tools, has signed up to SkillMiles. Terry Barcham, managing director of the firm said: “It should be apparent to all of us in the automotive business that we have a gap between perception and reality as to how complex, technologically advanced and customer focused the sector has become. SkillMiles will be a powerful component in changing that perception.”

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