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IMI Awards gets industry backing for automotive sector Tech Level qualifications
PUBLISHED: 07/01/2014 | UPDATED:21/02/2014 12:46:07

IMI Awards has announced that a number of their qualifications have been accepted into the Key Stage 4 and 5 performance tables after receiving the backing of key manufacturers across the industry.

The new Tech Level qualifications were produced in response to a Government call for training programmes that specifically meet employers' requirements and help young people get a foot on the job ladder.

IMI Awards, which specialises in providing qualifications and accreditations to automotive, land based and related sectors, developed the qualifications specifically to meet the rigorous new requirements.

Their 16-19 applications were supported by firms from a variety of sectors, including Vauxhall, BMW, Honda and Volvo for light vehicle; Bagma, Claas, and John Deere for land-based engineering; Kawasaki for motorcycle and The Motorsport Industry Association for motorsport.

IMI Awards were the only awarding organisation to receive letters of recommendation from employers representing the automotive, land-based and motorsport industries.

Included in the Key Stage 4 performance table list are their new 14-16 qualifications in Service and Maintenance Engineering. These courses are designed to offer progression in to a broader range of further education or employment post-16, and are the equivalent of a GCSE.

In addition, a number of IMI Level 3 qualifications have been approved for inclusion in the interim 16-19 Key Stage 5 performance table list. These new Tech Levels are rigorous courses that are on par with A Levels and designed to lead to a recognised occupation.

The new high quality Tech Levels will be taught from September 2014 and send a strong message regarding the government's commitment to giving vocational education the same esteem as academic learning. The move is part of a response to Professor Alison Wolf's report that called for a radical overhaul of vocational education. As a result, 91% of the 3,721 qualifications currently approved for teach will be removed from the 2016 tables.

Matt Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, said: "Our radical reforms are part of our long-term plan for the economy and will mean that for the first time young people will know which qualifications are backed by top employers and lead to better employment opportunities."

Rob Gray, Qualifications Development and Marketing Manager for IMI Awards, said: "We are really pleased to have received such good support from our industry partners and to see that, after spending the last few years expanding our offering to other sectors, we are now the preferred awarding organisation to the land-based, as well as automotive, industry. It was very important to us that we met the exacting standards set by the DfE, so it's great to see our efforts pay off in having 17 qualifications now accepted in to the 2016 performance tables. We pride ourselves on ensuring our qualifications prepare learners for their future by giving them the skillset they need to get on in employment, further education or higher level training."


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Notes for editors:

  1. The lists of vocational qualifications for 14- to 19-year-olds that have been approved for teaching from September 2014, can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vocational-qualifications-for-14-to-19-year-olds
  2. Letters of recommendation for IMI Awards can be viewed by clicking the corresponding links for each qualification in this document, starting on page 12: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/266042/16_to_19_tech_level_qualifications_2016.pdf  
  3. IMI Awards is a specialist awarding body offering a wide range of qualifications relating to the automotive, and related engineering, industries. The qualifications are designed to demonstrate skills and competence; the foundation of a successful career. Working closely with expert working groups from within the industry ensure our qualifications are relevant and sector specific.
IMI Awards is a specialist awarding body offering a wide range of qualifications relating to the automotive, and related engineering, industries. The qualifications are designed to demonstrate skills and competence; the foundation of a successful career. Working closely with expert working groups from within the industry ensure our qualifications are relevant and sector specific.

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