Autotech Group has announced the appointment of Mark Armitage, FIMI, as Commercial Director – a newly created position for the progressive company.

With over 30 years of industry experience, most recently at The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Mark brings a wealth of knowledge to the position and is set to drive the growth of Autotech Group’s four divisions – Recruit, Training, Academy and Connect.

Joining the automotive sector straight from school as an apprentice, Mark has worked across dealer groups, the Department of Education, and the RAC in a range of roles covering training and business development. Alongside senior management positions within the IMI, he was also instrumental in setting them up as an Apprentice End Point Assessment Organisation.

While bringing a depth of industry knowledge to Autotech Group, Mark’s breadth of experience covers each of the company’s divisions which have all been created to drive talent into the automotive aftermarket and reduce the skills shortage.

“I am delighted to join Autotech Group,” Mark comments. “The IMI does a tremendous job in supporting the sector and, after 8 years with them, I have cultivated a strong team who will succeed me and continue to drive forward the IMI with their own fresh ideas.

There is no getting away from the fact that the skills shortage is leaving a lasting legacy on the automotive industry and there are currently 26,000 vacancies within the sector. Over the years, I have got to know Gavin and the team at Autotech Group, and I have always been impressed with the company’s tenacity and ability to tackle the issues facing the sector head on.

The recent addition of Autotech Connect to the company’s portfolio cemented my desire to work with them as I have always been a strong advocate for introducing digital and technological solutions into a business.”

“We are delighted to welcome Mark as Commercial Director for Autotech Group,” comments Gavin White, CEO of Autotech Group. “While having a great reputation within the sector, and strong industry connections, his experience, from being an automotive apprentice through to training and development roles and driving forward the IMI, really makes him an excellent fit within our business.

We are looking forward to seeing how Mark will drive our company divisions forward and take our expertise to new, untapped sub sectors of the industry.”