Come and see the IMI Careers & Student Membership Team at the following events:


  • Santa Pod Raceway – 2018 dates coming soon

    Come and see a different side to the automotive industry at Santa Pod Raceway in Northampton, the home of the fastest (and loudest) motorsport on earth!

    The IMI and Santa Pod are pleased to offer FREE tickets to schools and colleges on selected dates (2018 dates coming soon).  Here students and pupils will be able to get up close to all the action, have a guided pit tour from drag racing legends and ask questions to the pit crews and drivers.

    The tickets are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis so please do book early.   Please contact the Careers Team on 01992 511521 or email to request your tickets.

  • IMI Skill Auto National Finals @TheSkillsShow - 2018 dates coming soon

    Come and see the IMI Skill Auto finalists battle it out to be crowned the UK’s top new technician in Automotive Technology, Heavy Vehicle Engineering, Body Repair and Refinishing at The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event!  Taking place at the Birmingham NEC in November 2018, tickets are FREE and will be available here soon.

    Make sure you stop by the IMI Careers stand to get your automotive goodies and talk to the team about #MotorCareers

  • The Skills Show - 2018 dates coming soon

    The Skills Show is not only home to the largest skills and careers fair in the UK but it is also where the finalists of the IMI Skill Auto competitions take to the stage in their final bid to win Gold!

    To order your free tickets to the Skills Show please click here




    Could your school or college design, brand and launch a new vehicle onto the market for a target audience?

    If the answer is yes then this IMI Competition is for you! 

    Thanks to competition sponsor Sytner Careers

    The Competition

    In this Business and Enterprise competition teams of up to 6 students will research, design and strategically plan the launch of a new vehicle designed for a specific target audience to bring to the market.  Vehicles will be required to have a unique selling point for their chosen audience and include visuals and a plan to launch at an event.

    Pupils will be supported through the project by working through the downloadable competition planner to get the most out of the team’s ideas.

    The competition will focus and improve core skills such including teamwork, communication, leadership, employability and life Skills.  Roles within the teams include Project Manager, Marketing, Researcher, Administration, Designer, ICT coordinator and Presenter.

    The Prize

    The winning team plus their teacher will be treated to an automotive industry related experience day out.  Previous prizes have included a day trip for the wining team plus their teacher at Mercedes Benz World.  During the day the team were treated to a VIP experience seeing exhibitions, using simulators and even a driving track experience!

    Closing Date

    Your 2017/18 entry will need to be in before Friday 20 July 2018 for your chance to win!

    Teacher & Tutor Information

    This competition can be run as a 90 minute lesson to support a Business Studies course, an extra-curricular activity or a group term project.

    A competition brief, student planner, lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded to use in class Schools, Teachers & Careers Advisor resources.

    If you have any questions please get in touch with the Careers Team or call 01992 511521



    IMI Skill Auto is run by the Institute of the Motor Industry in conjunction with World Skills and finds the top new talent within the industry in:

    • Automotive Body Repair
    • Vehicle Refinishing
    • Light Vehicle Automotive Technology
    • Heavy Vehicle Engineering

    The Competition

    Stage 1: Competitors are nominated by their employer, college or training provider to take part in the IMI Skill Auto competition. Organisations can nominate up to 5 competitors per stream and up to a maximum 20 competitors in total.

    Stage 2: Nominees will be emailed a link for them to take an online knowledge test of 30 multiple choice questions with a 30 minute time limit.

    Stage 3: The top 30 scorers (Light Vehicle Automotive Technology) and the top 18 scorers (Vehicle Refinishing, Automotive Body Repair & Heavy Vehicle Engineering) from the online test will then be invited to attend a one day practical National Qualifier where they will complete 6 tasks and be scored by judges to showcase their practical skills and abilities. These events are held across the UK in prestigious venues and will require an overnight stay which will be booked and paid for by the competition.

    Stage 4: The top 6 competitors from each stream at the National Qualifiers will then progress to the live UK final held at the Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC, the largest skills and careers show in the UK. The finalists will be tested on their practical and theoretical knowledge over 2 days alongside 64 other competitions and crowds of over 78,000 (2016) visitors.

    Stage 5: On Saturday evening the Bronze, Silver and Gold medals will be awarded to the IMI Skill Auto winners!


    IMI Skill Auto competitors must be either:

    • currently studying towards a Level 3 qualification OR
    • have achieved a Level 3 qualification within the last 12 months (from the 1st March)

    In addition competitors must have the drive and passion to be the best in the industry.  If you meet the above criteria then the IMI Skill Auto competition is for you!

    Progression to World Skills  The route into the World Skills International UK Squad is by competing in the IMI Skill Auto Finals at the Skills Show.  Entry requirements – competitors must be under the age of 22 in the year of the World Skills competition.

    For more information on the World Skills competition please click HERE.


    For Employers and Training Providers Travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed to the competitor and the will have the opportunity to use the latest equipment in the industry.  The competition has proven to inspire and motivate employees and students and to enhance the reputation as a business, employer, college and/or training provider.  The competition will raise the skills levels within your workforce and you will benefit from publicity and promotion of your employee(s) by showcasing your training programmes.  Inspire your apprentices and students and engage with employers and suppliers.  Competition activity is also viewed favourably on inspection reports.

    For Competitors Test yourself against the best in the country and potentially the world, it will provide you with a platform to showcase your skills.  Experience working under pressure in a competitive environment by competing against others within your field of expertise to develop your skills and knowledge and improve your confidence.  The competitions also provides a great opportunity to meet with forward thinking companies that could help support you in your future career plus win some great prizes!


    Michael Massey, Gold Medalist, Automotive Refinishing, Alton Cars “The finals were so well organised, which is a credit to the organisers. They made it so easy for us to know what was required and where we needed to be and when. The hotel, food, travel arrangements and uniform provided were second to none and I’m genuinely thankful for being given the chance to be a part of it.”

    Neilson Jones, Group Commercial Director at Alton Cars  “We couldn’t quite believe the scale of the whole event on Thursday and it is definitely something we would like to be more regularly involved with moving forwards.  Mike is a huge asset to our business, and seeing the event first hand gives you a clear indication that there are many more young people out there who are focussed and driven to succeed.

    Shawn Dyson, Gold Medalist, Automotive Body Repair, Chartwell Derby “I was ecstatic when I heard my name called out. I was so proud, my mentor was in tears. I enjoyed the competition very much. I felt supported and it was a great experience, a real challenge and it pushed me forward improving my knowledge and skills.”

    Chris Brightmore, CEO at Chartwell Derby “I wanted this for Shawn as he deserves it. His work ethic and attitude are fantastic. He is the next generation for us and we need talent like him in our business. I will encourage more of our apprentices to enter the contest next year because I want all our apprentices and juniors to become the very best they can and celebrate the skills they have learnt and appreciate how important they are.”

    Key Dates

    2017 Competition dates (2018 dates coming soon)

    • Nominations and Online Test: 1 March – 7 April
    • High scoring online test entries invited to attend a one day National Qualifier between May and July: 2 May
    • Automotive Technology National Qualifiers: 15 – 17 May @Volkswagen National Training Centre, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
    • Refinishing National Qualifiers: 7 – 9 June @3M, Atherstone, Warwickshire
    • Body Repair National Qualifiers: 23 -23 June @Babcock Automotive, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
    • Heavy Vehicle Engineering National Qualifiers: 5 – 7 July @Volvo Academy – Stephenson College, Coalville, Leicestershire
    • Finalists announced: 11 September
    • Employer visits: September & October
    • Final @TheSkillsShow in Birmingham NEC: 15 November – Familiarisation Day, 16-17 November – Competition Days, 18 November – Showcase Day & Closing Ceremony

    Contact the IMI Skill Auto team

    If you are an employer, lecturer or trainer and you’d like to be involved with judging or supporting our competitions, then please contact the IMI Skill Auto team at or call us on 01992 511521

    To find out about how to nominate for the 2018 competition, email the IMI Skill Auto team on or telephone 01992 511521

    To order your free tickets to the Skills Show please click here

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