Independent Garage Association Congratulates Labour Party on Election Victory

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) extends congratulations to the Labour Party on their recent election victory. We look forward to engaging with Sir Keir Starmer and his team to support the independent garage sector. As we move forward, the IGA is eager to discuss with the Labour government the strategic actions and policies that will support and enhance our industry.

Key areas of focus include attracting new talent and addressing the unique challenges faced by the automotive industry in terms of apprenticeships. The sustainability and growth of the independent garage sector depend on the ability of the sector to attract and retain skilled professionals.

As the industry evolves with new innovations, it is essential for independent garages to adopt these technologies to meet the growing demand for the repair and maintenance of zero-emission vehicles. We are eager for initiatives that provide garages with the tools and knowledge needed to embrace these advancements, in line with the government’s zero-emission vehicle mandate, which became law on January 3rd, 2024.

Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive, noted the importance of tailored government policies to address the decline in automotive apprenticeship registrations. “The independent garage sector is vital to the economy, managing 70% of the UK’s vehicle service and maintenance work. It is essential that apprenticeship policies take into account the unique challenges and opportunities this sector faces as automotive technology advances more rapidly than ever before.”

The IGA is committed to working collaboratively with the Labour government to address these critical issues. Through partnership and open dialogue, we aim to achieve significant advancements for the independent garage sector. Once again, congratulations to Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party. We anticipate productive discussions and a strong relationship moving forward.

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