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Nottingham College Develops Automotive Industry Skills in China
PUBLISHED: 19/06/2015 | UPDATED:19/06/2015 11:49:37
IMI Student and Assessor Skills Competition

Emtec Colleges Limited (ECL), which is part of Central College Nottingham, and its Chinese sister college Huanggang Polytechnic College (HPC), hosted a grand event in China on 1 June for the country’s automotive sector.

More than 100 delegates and government officials from the UK and China attended the Sino-UK Skills Competition, which was held as part of the 2015 ECL/ Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) Consortium Annual Event at HPC. The event provided a platform to discuss skills development in the industry and share best practice between the UK and China.

The government representatives were joined by international vehicle manufacturers, automotive dealer groups and leading Chinese vocational colleges, including the national automotive WorldSkills China team training base colleges.

Through working with its partner colleges and companies in China, ECL is introducing British expertise into the country’s automotive sector. Examples are the introduction of international vocational qualifications (IVQ) based on the British National Occupational Standards (NOS) of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) as well as the introduction of the British apprenticeship programme.

Jiang Anxin, Principal of Huanggang Polytechnic College, said: “Introducing IMI programmes to develop highly-skilled talent provides better employment opportunities for our students”.

Mr Matthew Stuart, Senior Manager of SE Asia, IMI, commented: “The event attracted representatives from Zung Fu Mercedes Benz, Brilliance BMW, Porsche China, BASF, Dongfeng Citroen and Dongfeng Peugeot as well as Zhengtong Dealer Group. The demonstration of practical tests and the thoroughness involved captured everyone's imagination, demonstrating how demanding and relevant for the industry IMI qualifications are."

Malcolm Cowgill, Principal of Central College Nottingham said: “This skills competition has emphasised the effectiveness of the IMI programme in developing high-calibre employees. As a leading college with considerable expertise and experience in delivering apprenticeships to employers and in participating WorldSkills, we are prepared to commit sharing our best practice with our partners in China”.