Published on: 17/01/2017 (10:08AM)
Emtec, part of Central, is looking forward to more developments in China, after bringing 2016 to a close by helping to launch the very first Chinese IMI-approved body repair and Level 3 assessment centres in Shanghai. This followed assessor training that Emtec delivered in the UK earlier in the year.
In November, Chinese government officials joined staff from Emtec at Shanghai Yangpu Vocational and Technical School, which is the WorldSkills Body Repair base in China, to officially open the body repair centre. Emtec’s Frazer Minskip, who is the UK WorldSkills Training Manager for Vehicle Body Repair, also attended the event.
December saw the opening of the Level 3 IMI assessment centre at Shanghai Communications Polytechnic (SCP) Pudong campus, following several train the trainer programmes at Emtec’s Nottingham-based dedicated automotive training facilities for their trainer-assessors.
A formal 15-year cooperation agreement was also signed between SCP, the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Emtec to further engage and promote upskilling of the Chinese colleges and staff. This should also encourage more Chinese colleges in the Shanghai area to join the Emtec/IMI programme.
The opening of two new centres including the first Level 3 centre demonstrates a great appetite for upskilling and development within China’s automotive industry. We hope the new IMI-approved centres will be used as a model for best practice, and we are looking forward to developing this further in conjunction with the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.- Andy Moore, Managing Director of Emtec