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Successful China visit develops new automotive links

Emtec delegates in BeijingEmtec Colleges Ltd (ECL) visited China between 14 -27 September 2015 to provide IMI training and to explore potential partnerships. Stephen Turner, ECL’s Sector Development Manager, carried out IMI programme training and development with subsidiary company Emtec Colleges (Shanghai) Limited (EC(S)L) Technical Manager Zheng Shen.

The first destination was Zhongshan Shaxi Vocational School, where Stephen carried out the first stage of Assessor training for four new Shaxi IMI Assessors. The school was approved as an IMI centre in June this year and has recently begun the delivery of IMI Level 2 International Vocational Qualification in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair He also trained three delegates from Sime Darby China Engineers Limited (CEL)in Schunde, Guangdong. CEL are a leading Caterpillar agent in China and are another IMI-approved centre.

The second part of the trip involved inspecting a potential IMI Centre in Yancheng. Subject to government approval, this college will run IMI classes in future and recently won a silver medal in the global WorldSkills vocational ‘skills olympics’.

During the trip, the ECL staff also inspected the China WorldSkills Body Repair Centre in Yangpu. This facility has a brand new purpose-built centre opening next year, and it is planned to be the first IMI Vehicle Body Repair Assessment Centre in China.

Whilst in Yangpu ECL also met with Shanghai Communications Polytechnic , an existing IMI approved centre to discuss and explore the possibility of future delivery of Level 3 qualifications.

The final stop on the visit was Beijing Polytechnic, where Stephen carried out the second stage of Internal Verifier training for two of their staff. Stephen / ECL also met the new Beijing students recently enrolled and observed some of their workshop activity.

Stephen said:

“A highlight of the trip was being asked to present certificates to the Beijing Assessors who completed their ATP275 Assessor Technical Programme training with us earlier this year. This qualification was developed specifically for China and these are the first assessors to receive this.”