Peugeot Distributor in Malaysia to Help Technicians Gain International Qualifications
Kuala Lumpur – The UK-based Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) today announced that it has recognised Nasim Sdn Bhd (Nasim), the official distributor for Peugeot cars in Malaysia to be an IMI Approved Assessment Centre. This status enables Nasim to offer the Level 3 International Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair to car technicians by training and assessing them based on internationally recognised standards and collaboration with Automobile Peugeot.
The IMI is a leading automotive body that helps improve professional standards for the retail motor sector. Its qualifications are designed to demonstrate skills and competence in both technical and non-technical disciplines that are fundamental for the development of the industry and the career of automotive personnel. By obtaining the IMI qualification in conjunction with the Peugeot training syllabus, technicians gain skills and knowledge benchmarked to international standards, giving them the opportunity for stronger career progression.
“We are delighted that Nasim has been approved to offer IMI qualifications as part of our training. As customers are our number one priority, this recognition further affirms Nasim’s commitment in delivering the best to them. With our IMI qualified technicians, customers can be assured that their vehicles are serviced and maintained according to internationally recognised standards so they can continue to enjoy the driving experience that Peugeot is known for”, said Dato' Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Nasim.
A subsidiary of the Naza Group of Companies, Nasim is one of the fastest growing Peugeot distributors in the Asia Pacific region. To qualify as an approved centre, Nasim underwent rigorous approvals to ensure that its procedures, systems and policies met with the IMI’s stringent requirements. The company also had to demonstrate that it has the capability to deliver and assess qualifications to the required standards, as well as be subject to continual monitoring by an External Verifier to ensure the standards are maintained.
“We believe that by bringing our technicians up to par with global standards, we can see greater customer satisfaction and higher repeat sales. Ultimately, this will result in greater productivity and increased revenue per employee. Our goal is to ensure our current stable of technicians receive the Level 3 diploma by end of 2015”, added Dato’ Samson, who had recently received an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of the Motor Industry for his contribution to Malaysia’s automotive industry.
The training and assessment of the diploma will take place in Nasim’s headquarters in Glenmarie, Shah Alam. Depending on the delivery mode, the course can take up to three years to complete. During this period, technicians will not only be taught how to service and maintain vehicles based on the highest standards, they will also be equipped with the skills to diagnose and rectify faults on customers’ vehicles with greater efficiency and accuracy.
“By partnering with a recognised and trusted organisation such as the IMI, Nasim is able to offer the best training to its technicians by guaranteeing the quality of its trainers, equipment, internal verification and external verification. As IMI qualifications are offered in more than 13 countries worldwide, their certified technicians can also apply the same qualifications and knowledge to those geographies as their career progresses”, said Matthew Stuart, IMI representative for Malaysia.
The IMI has had a presence in Malaysia for over 10 years, with the first training provider gaining approved status in 2007. Since then, the IMI approved centre network in Malaysia has grown to encompass 25 centres and there are plans to add another 10 by end of 2014. Over 1,500 Malaysian training candidates are registered on IMI courses every year.
Image caption: (L-R) HRH Prince Michael of Kent GVCO, Dato' Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Nasim, Adrian Smith, IMI Board Chairman, and Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI.