Events

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

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  • WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE: 18th - 20th November 2021

    WorldSkills UK LIVE is not only home to the largest skills and careers fair in the UK but it is also where the finalists of the IMI Skills Competitions take to the stage in their final bid to win Gold!

    Come and see the IMI Skills Competition finalists battle it out to be crowned the UK’s top new technician in Automotive Technology, Heavy Vehicle Engineering, Body Repair and Refinishing at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the nation’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event!  Taking place at the Birmingham NEC in November 2021, tickets are FREE and will be available here soon.

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

    To order register your interest for the 2021 WorldSkills UK LIVE event, click here – https://www.worldskillsuk.org/

    2019 IMI Skill Auto results

    Heavy Vehicle Technology

    • GOLD Matthew Hands – Skillnet & Brian Currie Bedford
    • SILVER Claire Weller – Skillnet & Adams Morley Portsmouth
    • BRONZE David Bodie – Stephenson College & Hartsthorne Motors

    Body Repair

    • GOLD Matthew Sutton – Training 200 & Abbots Car Repair Ltd
    • SILVER Connor Davison – Riverpark Training
    • BRONZE Graeme Nevin – Riverpark Training & Wright’s Accident Repair Centre
    • HIGHLY COMMENDED Rowen Small – Remit Training

    Refinishing

    • GOLD Craig Kennedy – Riverpark Training & Howells ARC
    • SILVER Nathan Palfrey – Babcock & Cooper BMW, York
    • BRONZE Jack Groves – NPTC Group & Sturgess Bodycraft

    Light Vehicle Technology

    • GOLD Robert Pallent-Bright – Skillnet & Lookers Ford
    • SILVER Christopher Wright – ProVQ & PRG Toyota Stockport
    • BRONZE Harry Chaundy – GTG Training & Arnold Clark
    • HIGHLY COMMENDED Matthew Bundy – Skillnet

    A huge thank you to our Skill Auto sponsors. Without their continued support, we wouldn’t be able to deliver such a fantastic competition.

  • Santa Pod Raceway - 2021

    2021 dates TBC:

    • May
    • July
    • September

    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 in 2019.

    It is recommended that the tickets are offered as a reward for students who demonstrate their commitment in terms of attendance, behaviour and learning while at school/college and are looking for a career in the automotive industry.

    You can request your school or college tickets by downloading our booking form – please then just email the completed form to careers@theimi.org.uk

    Please note that the tickets are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis so please do book early.  Please also see the above booking form for full terms and conditions.

    For details of the race agenda and other information that will help plan your day please visit http://www.santapod.co.uk/ 

  • See Inside IMI Skills Competitions- 2021 dates

    2021 dates TBC – contact careers@theimi.org.uk for updates

    IMI SKILLS COMPETITIONS 2021 LIGHT VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY EVENT

    Do you want to take a visit to the Henry Ford Academy and see what Skill Auto Light Vehicle Technology is all about? We have 6 spaces open on a first come first serve basis. You will need to get your way to and from the Henry Ford Academy and we will do the rest.

    • WHEN: Monday 21st to Friday 25th June 2021
    • TIME: 10:00am – 14:00pm (free to leave between the times too if need be).
    • WHERE: The Henry Ford Academy, Daventry.
    • WHAT’S INCLUDED?: Have a tour of Henry Ford Academy, Enjoy a nice free lunch, have a go at some IMI Skills Competitions tasks, speak to the professional judges and take home some freebies!
    • HOW DO I GET TO ENTER? Send an email to student@theimi.org.uk or go to the contact us page and let us know what event you are interested in! Hurry, it’s first come first serve! *Free parking is included, details to follow if ticket is won*

    IMI SKILLS COMPETITIONS 2021 HEAVY VEHICLE ENGINEERING EVENT

    Do you want to take a visit to IVECO Training Centre and see what Skill Auto Heavy Vehicle Engineering is all about? We have 6 spaces open on a first come first serve basis. You will need to get your way to and from Scania Training Centre and we will do the rest.

    • WHEN: Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th May 2021.
    • TIME: 10:00am – 14:00pm (free to leave between the times too if need be).
    • WHERE: IVECO, Basildon
    • WHAT’S INCLUDED?: Have a tour of IVECO Training Centre, Enjoy a nice free lunch, have a go at some IMI Skill Competition tasks, speak to the professional judges and take home some freebies!
    • HOW DO I GET TO ENTER? Send an email to student@theimi.org.uk or go to the contact us page and let us know what event you are interested in! Hurry, it’s first come first serve! *Free parking is included, details to follow if ticket is won*

    IMI SKILLS COMPETITIONS 2021 BODY REPAIR EVENT

    Do you want to take a visit to Nationwide Training and Development Centre and see what Skill Auto Body Repair is all about? We have 6 spaces open on a first come first serve basis. You will need to get your way to and from Nationwide Training and Development Centre and we will do the rest.

    • WHEN: TBC.
    • TIME: 10:00am – 14:00pm (free to leave between the times too if need be).
    • WHERE: TBC
    • WHAT’S INCLUDED?: Have a tour, Enjoy a nice free lunch, have a go at some IMI Skills Competitions tasks, speak to the professional judges and take home some freebies!
    • HOW DO I GET TO ENTER? Send an email to student@theimi.org.uk or go to the contact us page and let us know what event you are interested in! Hurry, it’s first come first serve! *Free parking is included, details to follow if ticket is won*

    IMI SKILLS COMPETITIONS 2021 REFINISHING EVENT

    Do you want to take a visit to 3M Technical Centre and see what IMI Skills Competition Refinishing is all about? We have 6 spaces open on a first come first serve basis. You will need to get your way to and from 3M Technical Centre and we will do the rest.

    • WHEN: Wednesday 5th May to Friday 7th May 2021.
    • TIME: 10:00am – 14:00pm (free to leave between the times too if need be).
    • WHERE: 3M Technical Centre, Warwickshire.
    • WHAT’S INCLUDED?: Have a tour of 3M Technical Centre, Enjoy a nice free lunch, have a go at some Skill Auto tasks, speak to the professional judges and take home some freebies!
    • HOW DO I GET TO ENTER? Send an email to student@theimi.org.uk or go to the contact us page and let us know what event you are interested in! Hurry, it’s first come first serve! *Free parking is included, details to follow if ticket is won*

Competitions

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  • BUSINESS ENTERPRISE - SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPETITION 'Design the Future'

    Could your children, 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! 

    Download your pack HERE

    Thanks to competition sponsor Sytner Group

    The Competition

    We want you to design the vehicle of the future with a specific target market in mind. Over the last 100 years cars have come a long way in fact most of the companies you know today would not have existed. We would like you to research and think about what cars will look like in in the future to support these individuals and help us shape the future of the industry.

    Either solo or in teams work together to research, design, market or pitch your new vehicle. Keep in mind your target audience and use your unique selling point (USP) to make your car stand out for the crowd!

    Finally send in a copy of your presentation or pitch to careers@theimi.org.uk or post it in, for it to be marked by the panel of industry judges. You and your team may win the top prize of an exciting automotive day out with the IMI and the competition sponsors Sytner Group!

    The following pages can be used to help you plan out your project!

    This activity links to the Gatsby benchmarks 2 & 5, Learning from career labour market information and encounters with employers.

    The Prize

    The winner of the competition will be treated to an automotive industry related prize.  Due to the current climate and uncertainty with COVID-19 we will be reviewing the prize as we are unsure the usual format will be able to go ahead. We can assure you that it will be fantastic! Make sure you send in pictures or scans of the work to be in with a chance of winning!

    Closing Date

    Your 2020/2021 entry will need to be in before 28th February 2021.

    Teacher & Tutor Information

    This competition can be run in groups or as individual as a half day activity to support a business view of learning for teachers or home schooling.

    A competition brief & student planner can be downloaded to use HERE

    If you have any questions please get in touch with the Careers Team careers@theimi.org.uk or call 01992 511521

  • DESIGN A VEHICLE FOR THE FUTURE - PRIMARY SCHOOL COMPETITION

    CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT VEHICLES WILL BE POPULAR IN 2050?

    What will they look like?  How will they run?  Will they have some features that are yet to be invented?

    Download your pack HERE 

    THE COMPETITION

    The Institute of the Motor Industry is asking primary school children to get creative and design a poster to promote their own car for the future.

    STEP 1 – Plan and design the look of your vehicle

    STEP 2 – Name your vehicle

    STEP 3 – Create a logo for your vehicle

    STEP 4 – List 3 new features “of the future” for your vehicle

    STEP 5 – Put all of these ideas together to design a fun poster advertising your vehicle of the future

    THE PRIZE

    An amazing automotive related prize will be awarded to the winner!  Thanks to competition sponsor Sytner Careers

    CLOSING DATE

    Your 2020/21 entry will need to be in before Friday 28th Feb 2021 for the chance to win!

    TEACHER & TUTOR INFORMATION

    This competition can be run as a lesson to support school STEM requirements, an extra-curricular activity or a term project – the choice is yours!

    A competition brief and poster can be downloaded here to use in class HERE

    If you have any questions please get in touch with the Careers Team careers@theimi.org.uk or call 01992 511521

  • IMI SKILLS COMPETITIONS

    COULD YOU BE THE NEXT UK CHAMPION? 

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

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

    The Competition

    Stage 1: NOMINATION 19th April to 5th May 2021 Centres, Employers register with WorldSkills UK their nominees for the competition here:  www.worldskillsuk.org/skills/national-competitions/

    Stage 2: ONLINE KNOWLEDGE  QUIZ nominees will be sent a link to the online test which they need to complete 30 multiple choice questions in 30 minutes within 48 hours by 5th May.

    Stage 3: NATIONAL QUALIFIERS (TBC) 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: FINAL (TBC) The top 6 competitors from each stream at the National Qualifiers will then progress to the live UK final held at WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE (formerly known as 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 80 thousand visitors.

    Stage 5: (TBC) On Saturday evening the Bronze, Silver and Gold medals will be awarded to the IMI Skills Competitions winners!

    Please note –  will book and pay for your hotel accommodation and food at the national qualifier and final events.

    Eligibility

    IMI Skills Competitions 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 WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE.  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.

    Key Dates

    2021 competition dates

    • Nominations and Online Test: Early February (TBC) to March
    • High scoring online test entries invited to attend a one day National Qualifier between May and July 2019
    • Refinishing National Qualifiers: 5 May – 7 May 2021 at 3M Technical Centre, Atherstone 
    • Heavy Vehicle Technology National Qualifiers: 26 – 28 May 2021 at IVECO, Basildon 
    • Body Repair National Qualifiers: TBC June 2021 at TBC
    • Technology National Qualifiers: 21 – 25 June 2021 at Henry Ford Academy, Daventry 
    • Finalists announced: 1st September 2021
    • Employer visits: September & October 2021
    • Finals at WORLDSKILLS UK LIVE in Birmingham NEC: 17 November 2021 – Familiarisation Day, 18-19 November 2021 – Competition Days, 20 November 2021 – Showcase Day & Closing Ceremony

    Contact the IMI Skills Competitions 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 careers@theimi.org.uk or call us on 01992 511521

    To find out about how to nominate for the 2021 competition, email the IMI Skills Competitions team on careers@theimi.org.uk or telephone 01992 511521

    To order your free tickets to WorldSkills UK LIVE please click here

    View the images from the IMI Skills Competitions events, click on the image below –

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