Automotive electrification and how it’s driving us towards a carbon neutral future was a main topic for discussion when our awarding body partners, The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) visited Reaseheath’s progressive Engineering Apprenticeship Academy (REAA).

The new academy, which is on the nearby Hurleston Road Business Park, is home to the UK’s first dedicated bus and coach academy and our IMI visitors were keen to see how we have worked with industry partner First Bus to provide a comprehensive and relevant apprenticeship programme for the company’s apprentices.

Michelle Barrett, IMI Business Development Manager, and Tony Lawson, IMI End Point Assessment Manager, toured the workshops and training facilities, which include a technology enabled training bus and a cutting edge hybrid bus. They also gave a presentation on the benefits of student membership of the IMI to the First Bus apprentices.

First impressions were excellent, with Michelle commenting: “The retail automotive industry is a dynamic and exciting sector which is evolving rapidly, in-line with Government ambition for a carbon neutral future. This forward thinking academy, which replicates workplace conditions, is exactly what we need to ensure a seamless move to zero emissions.”

Additionally, Tony reminded us that Reaseheath has been a valued partner of the IMI for 14 years and offers a diverse selection of IMI qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities.

Watch the video of the IMI’s visit here