Mayor of Brent revealing IMI plaque to Garage Express

Mayor of Brent revealing IMI plaque to Garage Express & Russell Automotive Centre

IMI Presentation with the Mayor of Brent

Friday 18 September, 2015

On 14th September 2015 Garage Express and its sister garage; Russell Automotive Centre welcomed the Mayor Brent Cllr Lesley Jones MBE into our reception. The Mayor presented to both the garages and staff certificates of accreditation to the Institute of Motor Industry.

The big reveal

The Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) is the professional association for individuals and is the Sector Skills Council for the automotive industry. Becoming a member of the IMI is the closest thing currently available before full licensing is mandatory. Becoming an IMI member means the individual is recognised as a professional in the sector.

Steve showing the Mayor the workshop

Currently there is no legal requirement for the automotive industry to be licensed. Ultimately this means anyone with tools can work on your vehicle. Unqualified people working on vehicles raise issues of safety not only to the driver but to all road users.

Both Russell Automotive Centre & Garage Express were proud to be part of the IMI as it mirrors their own ethos and mission statement to improve the reputation of the automotive industry.

Jane & Steve receiving the IMI certificate from the Mayor

The event was attended by a number of industry professionals, press and the employees of the Russell Automotive Centre & Garage Express.

As a first for both garages the event was streamed live via Periscope.  Watch the full presentation here via YouTube

Industry professionals and press enjoying the presentation

 *All photos courtesy of the IMI



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