Leading Saudi Arabian training provider partners with IMI to develop new apprenticeship programmes.
Mohammed Yousef Naghi Motors (MYNM), one of the leading automotive importer/distributors in Saudi Arabia, has announced plans to build new apprenticeship training programmes to enhance the skills of young technicians across the automotive sector, in partnership with the IMI.
Having achieved IMI Approved Centre status in early 2013, Naghi Motors are currently approved to deliver the International Level 1 Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance. However, they are now gearing up to expand their current training programme by providing other IMI qualifications in specialisms such as Heavy Vehicle, Body Repair and Paint.
For over two decades, Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors have held an exclusive agreement with the BMW Group, as their official importer/agent in Saudi Arabia for, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. Further Brands represented exclusively by Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors are Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai Cars & Heavy Commercial Vehicles, TATA and Ankai Busses. Their Jaguar Land Rover Apprenticeship Programme launched in 2013, with the first class due to complete their training this summer. There is already considerable interest from potential students, keen to enroll for next year’s programme.
Following a call from the government to the sector to provide better upskilling opportunities for the workforce, Naghi Motors are now working alongside the IMI and leading automotive manufacturers to build new apprenticeship programmes. The government incentive focuses on the provision of training that enables young apprentices to work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills with the sector.
Mr Malibari, MYNM Group Training Academy Director, said, “We are very proud of our ‘Approved Centre Status’ and excited to work closely with the IMI on all of our apprenticeship programmes. We chose the IMI because we want to provide our learners with internationally recognised qualifications, which are designed from up-to-date industry practices.”
Adrian Stevenson, Lead External Verifier for The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), said, “Naghi Motors are pioneering in their desire to create quality training programmes that will address the needs of the industry in Saudi Arabia, particularly generating human resource with a high level of skill and competency. This will enable to industry to keep pace with the rapidly changing landscape of the global automotive market, working with emerging technologies in a way that is safe and in line with correct practice.”
Photograph: Left Mr David O’Neill (MYNM JLR Apprentice Programme Manager), Mr Siraj Malibari (MYNM Group Training Academy Director), and Mr Aymed Atiyah (Assessor) with Adrian Stevenson of the IMI (far right) and the first class of JLR apprentices.