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Celebration for Outstanding College
PUBLISHED: 06/03/2014 | UPDATED:23/06/2016 10:06:16
IMI Approved Centre of the Year, South Devon College receives outstanding prize from Automotive Tool Zone.

At a presentation on Thursday 27th February, South Devon College received a prize of TENG tools, worth over £1000, from online tool supplier, Automotive Tool Zone. The college was awarded with this prize after being named Approved Centre of the Year at the 2013 Outstanding Achievers Awards, a recognition event held by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Automotive Tool Zone were a sponsor of the Outstanding Achievers Awards due to their dedication to supporting those starting their careers in the motor industry and the dedicated staff who guide them.

“We are proud to be able to reward the effort and hard work that is going in to training within the automotive industry today and, by winning this award, South Devon College has shown they are maintaining the highest standards when training their learners,” said Eric Braham, Sales Manager of Automotive Tool Zone.
The prestigious award is a great achievement for the staff of South Devon College, who fought off competition from over 550 centres worldwide to claim the prize. Speaking of their accomplishment, the staff said they were proud to receive this recognition of the hard work they put in to both their centre and student achievements.

Graham Tribble, automotive Programme Co-ordinator said – “Winning the Approved Centre of the Year award has been an ambition of mine since starting teaching in 2007. This year we were recognised by the IMI for the hard work and effort every member of staff gives. Winning the award was made better by the tool voucher supplied by Automotive Tool Zone and I would like to thank Eric for presenting the tools in person to the staff and students.”

Image caption: Steve Caunter, Senior Section Head for Automotive, Engineering and Marine Academy of South Devon College receives prize from Eric Braham, Automotive Tool Zone Sales Manager. Also pictured: Level 2 IMIAL Apprentices from around South Devon.

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Notes for editors:

  1. IMI Awards is the UK’s only specialist awarding body that focuses solely on the motor industry. They partner with more than 560 training providers to offer over 250 nationally-recognised qualifications and accreditations; recognising and supporting the skills of over 110,000 learners each year. The Outstanding Achievers Awards are an annual celebration of skill and talent that is working and training within the motor industry. See
  2. South Devon College recognises the value of working together to achieve the best possible outcome for students, and are committed to helping them succeed. The current economic climate makes every study opportunity and qualification vital for young people seeking employment or further study. South Devon College’s courses are tailored to offer a route through to employment or higher education whilst providing outstanding advice, support and guidance along the way. See
  3. Automotive Tool Zone is part of the Apprenticezone Ltd group. Working in partnership with the leading manufacturers, Automotive Tool Zone’s aim is to give apprentices the best possible start to their career, by providing a single point of access to the best range of automotive tools & equipment. See

Contact information:

IMI, Fanshaws, Brickendon, Hertfordshire SG13 8PQ
Telephone: 01992 511521.