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College using IMI Awards qualification to help young people in Nigeria
PUBLISHED: 07/10/2014 | UPDATED:07/10/2014 11:29:36
Highbury College has expanded its quest to help young people in Nigeria improve their employment prospects by launching an apprenticeship scheme with RT Briscoe, a leading automotive and industrial equipment dealership based in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Automotive and Engineering department at Highbury College has teamed up with RT Briscoe to create 22 apprenticeships, allowing them to gain IMIAL International Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair whilst being employed by the company.

The students will receive full access to online teaching material, and will complete tests and assessments.  Members of Highbury’s Automotive teaching staff are also taking part in the training, and will do four fourteen day blocks of intensive work with the apprentices, offering mentoring as well as teaching.

Level Two programme leader Peter Janman said: “It is really great to teach people who are so keen to learn, you couldn’t ask for better students”

The new course was agreed in July and teaching began earlier this month. The twenty two apprentices will be employed for a year by RT Briscoe while they earn the diploma. The company hopes to offer six or seven of them jobs at the end of it, and help the others find positions in other companies.

Head of Engineering and Sustainable Technology Martin Porter said: “Nigeria has a phenomenally young population, and it is extremely important that they get qualifications they can use for employment By the end of the apprenticeship the students will have learned vital skills and earned an internationally recognised qualification”.

The College has already trained four members of RT Briscoe staff at the College in Cosham, near Portsmouth. They were taught to understand the course and how it will be taught, so they can assist and help the apprentices.