IMI kicks off nationwide technical training academy

The Nationwide Technical Training and Professional Development Academy have today opened their doors to the IMI National Qualifiers. With the sun shining brightly on the academy, competitors, judges and IMI Team Members have flocked to Yorkshire to play their part in the event.

The panel apprentice qualifiers, which run until Friday, will see the best young talent in the UK accident repair industry compete for a place in the national final.

Working as a team is valued extremely highly at Nationwide and is often central to our success. Head of HR Shared Services, Christine Dalton, said: “We have seen remarkable success over the past year at the training academy and we’re looking forward to the future. Being given the opportunity to host such a prestigious competition as Skill Auto is incredible and our team have worked very hard to achieve this. We welcome the IMI and their competitors.”

The academy, which offers state of the art facilities, always looks for continuous improvements, whether that be in their ever-expanding course prospectus, or utilising the latest technologies for the benefit of their candidates.

Should the apprentices be successful in the qualifiers, they will be given a place in the final at the Skills Show held at the NEC, and if they progress further, the competition could be an entry route into WorldSkills.

Louise Cope, People Director, said: “Hosting IMI Skill Auto is a privilege for the training academy and Nationwide. It provides an unmissable opportunity to meet, nurture and inspire the next generation of talent within the crash repair industry. As industry leaders, supporting future technicians is crucial for Nationwide and I’m proud that we’re hosting this event.”

Someone who knows just how beneficial these competitions can be is Nationwide’s Daryl Head, silver medallist in car painting at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. As a strong advocate for apprentice progression, Daryl recently spoke about his experiences in parliament.

He said: “You have to take all the opportunities you are given. You might look at me and think ‘wow I’d love to do that’ but you have to strive for it and put the work in.

“Without the support of Nationwide, I wouldn’t have been able to compete. All employers should support apprentices in skills competitions.”