IMI Competitions Manager wins the WorldSkills EDI Heroes Award for the second consecutive year
Richard Hutchins earns Skills Competition Diversity Champion as IMI launches 2022 Skills Competitions

As the Automotive Industry Institute (IMI) launches the 2022 Skills Competitionhe is delighted to announce that Competitions Manager Richard Hutchins has won a prestigious WorldSkills UK Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Hero Awards. The EDI Heroes Awards celebrate individuals and organizations who champion diversity and inclusion in the business and technical education sectors, a mission that IMI is committed to achieving for the automotive sector.

For the second consecutive year, Richard was awarded the Skills Competitions Diversity Champion in recognition of his contribution to promoting diversity and inclusion in the WorldSkills National Skills Competitions in 2021, through participation IMI members. And he plans to bring the same level of attention to diversity and inclusion to the 2022 skills competitions, which launch today. Spotlighting the most talented young automotive apprentices, the 2022 Skills Competitions are designed to raise standards, esteem and levels of expertise in technical skills across the sector. Nominated members of IMI will compete across the country to qualify for the annual WorldSkills UK competitions.

WorldSkills UK competitions are designed by industry experts and enhance the practical skills and knowledge taught in training courses by assessing an individual’s employability attributes against set criteria in a competitive timed environment. The program is having a real impact on participants, with 90% of previous participants saying their career progression improved after the competition and 86% saying their personal and employability skills improved.

“We are immensely proud of Richard for achieving this hugely important honour, which is so rightly deserved,” commented Joanna Hollingdale, Careers and Student Membership Manager at IMI. “Over 20 car apprentices who took part in IMI Skills competitions last year have been shortlisted for the WorldSkills UK competition, thanks to Richard’s unwavering passion and commitment.

“Not only is this a personal victory for Richard, but it is also an endorsement of IMI’s ambition to drive change under the leadership of our Diversity Task Force. Over the past year, each of the task forces within our Diversity Task Force has made a significant commitment to understanding the challenges our industry faces, and their recommendations will be included in a comprehensive report that will launch on March 17. This will include benchmarking professional standards against cultural competencies and developing continuing professional development activities that effectively support diversity and inclusion within the automotive sector.

Attached picture 1 – IMI Competitions Manager Richard Hutchins wins the prestigious WorldSkills UK’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Heroes Award – Skills Competition Diversity Champion.

Attached picture 2 – Richard Hutchins, IMI Competitions Manager with the “Refinishing” judging team for the IMI Skills Competitions 2022 final.


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