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Building your team's emotional intelligence

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Calibre Group’s managing director Sabina Hegarty explains why firms are investing in emotional intelligence programmes to help make staff more productive and businesses more successful

Calibre Group’s managing director Sabina Hegarty explains why firms are investing in emotional intelligence programmes to help make staff more productive and businesses more successful

Emotional intelligence, or emotional quotient (EQ), is a term first coined in 1964 by Michael Beldoch is the ability to recognise and manage our own emotional states, while also being mindful of the emotional states of those around us.

People with a high EQ are more likely to be successful in business and life because they are the ones that others want on their team. The good thing about EQ is that it can be learned by anyone and is a life skill like no other when it comes to forming and maintaining relationships and performance.

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Thu, 02/20/2020
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Full steam ahead on Wales’ latest training centre

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South Wales’ award winning Further Education facility breaks ground on a £30m campus of the future.

South Wales’ award winning Further Education facility breaks ground on a £30m campus of the future.

Things are being revamped at Bridgend College giving a boost to apprenticeships, the automotive industry and the local economy. The IMI training facility has begun a building project that reflects the ambition of its faculty and the evolving needs of its learners. The new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths) Academy is being created thanks to a £30 million investment and open its doors in 2021.

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Fri, 01/24/2020
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Getting to grips with ADAS

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Get your CPD up to date with a look at the technologies changing the industry, from ADAS to TPMS

Get your CPD up to date with a look at the technologies changing the industry, from ADAS to TPMS

As the industry emerges into the light of a new decade, one thing is certain, change is upon us.

This change comes in many shapes, covering a huge number of areas including: the collection and utilisation of big data, restrictions on where vehicles can operate in the urban environment, customer ownership trends, vehicle propulsion systems and the masses of new technology which continues to be incorporated into what is still by far, the UK’s favourite mode of transport.

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Tue, 01/21/2020
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How Sytner Group provides the perfect training

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Whether your business is big or small, sales or technician focused, Sytner Group’s head of learning and development, Sue Sansome, gives advice for providing the best training

Whether your business is big or small, sales or technician focused, Sytner Group’s head of learning and development, Sue Sansome, gives advice for providing the best training

Sytner has a diverse workforce, so how do you make sure all staff are receiving the correct training and at the right time?

At the on-boarding stage, we have introduced new systems to identify the appropriate e-Learning and training pathways. Job role specific and internally designed Sytner e-Learning is released to new starters during their first days via an automated process. Managers are responsible for ensuring it’s completed and we achieve a success rate of over 95% within 90 days of release.

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Tue, 01/07/2020
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Support the team at World Skills UK Live

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Attend the World Skills UK Live event in November for free; support the IMI Skills Auto finalists and help jump-start your career

Attend the World Skills UK Live event in November for free; support the IMI Skills Auto finalists and help jump-start your career

Start shouting your support for the IMI Skill Auto finalists as they head to the World Skills UK live in November. The end of year competition is split into four areas, each focusing on a particular industry sector; for the IMI Skills Auto finalists that means competing under the engineering and technology banner.

Each contestant is part of the IMI’s search for automotive excellence, and the IMI Skill Auto competition is aimed at students and apprentices studying towards Level 3 qualifications in automotive technology, body repair, refinishing and heavy vehicle engineering.

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Fri, 09/20/2019
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How the industry repairs young offenders

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The automotive industry offers life-changing training to young offenders looking to take another path

Life can be tough. Pick the wrong path at the wrong time and you can find yourself falling into a world of trouble and strife. At its worst that can mean spending time in a young offenders institute or prison. But no matter how far you fall, there are a huge number of opportunities that could take your life in a new direction.

The motor industry is crying out for new talent as the skills shortage bites, offering courses, training and qualifications that can lead to an exciting and inspiring career.

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Mon, 09/02/2019
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Play to win at the WorldSkills competition

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We speak to Declan Porter, part of Team UK as he heads to Kazan in Russia to compete in the WorldSkills competition

When the 45th WorldSkills competition throws opens its doors in Kazan, Russia at the end of August, it will bring together competitors from 63 countries and regions, competing across 56 different skills.

This year, members from Team UK will be heading to the skills Olympics to battle for the chance to be crowned world champion in their chosen skill.

One of Team UK’s representatives is Declan Porter from the North West Regional College, who will be competing in Auto Tech after being spotted at the IMI Skill Auto final in 2017.

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Fri, 08/16/2019
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Three courses to keep your career on track

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From MOTs to electric vehicles, keep your skills up to date with these courses

The industry is changing, electricity is powering more vehicles, and the number of onboard sensors is growing as more functions become either assisted or automated. That’s impacting on the work done by technicians; they need to have a wider range of skills to meet the needs of maintaining today’s cars. Here are three that could help you supercharge your career:

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Tue, 08/13/2019
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Talent spotting at IMI Skill Auto 2019

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What you need to know about the IMI's preeminent skills competition for apprentices

The IMI Skill Auto competition is the stand out event for apprentices studying towards their level three qualifications in a variety of areas, from body repair to heavy vehicle engineering. Here are the top things you need to know...

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Tue, 07/23/2019
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IMI eLearning

IMI eLearning

IMI eLearning, formerly ATT, is a multimedia online learning platform providing students with Light Vehicle and Accident and Repair curriculum information.

The platform uses a blend of multimedia to bring learning to life through a variety of interactive activities to suit different learning styles. It is currently used in over 200 colleges across the UK and Ireland.

IMI eLearning offers a range of benefits centres and learners including:

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