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First International Regional Quality Assurer Certified
PUBLISHED: 15/06/2016 | UPDATED:15/06/2016 09:34:24
An Emtec Colleges Limited (ECL) employee has become the first person to qualify as an International Regional Quality Assurer (IRQA) with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

This is a new position where Stephen Turner, Sector Development Manager (Automotive), will undertake work in support of the awarding body, as an IMI External Verifier for the International Vocational Qualifications.

ECL is part of Central College Nottingham, and focuses on training and upskilling in the automotive industry plus apprenticeships.

After an IRQA workshop at IMI’s headquarters in Hertfordshire and a written assessment covering external verification and awarding body requirements, plus submitting a portfolio of evidence gathered from ECL’s existing operations in China, Stephen was presented with the certificate.

Stephen has many years' experience of assessing and internal verification in the motor industry. He is currently working on international projects involving the introduction and development of IMI standards in other countries and supporting IMI assessment and verification processes in China and specifically in Chinese colleges.

This award comes just months after Stephen was presented with the Certificate of Recognition as an Advanced Automotive Assessor Professional (AdAAP).

Paul Whiteside, Quality and Compliance Manager at the IMI, said: “The External Quality Assurance team are delighted with Stephen’s achievement and look forward to working closely with him in the approval and monitoring of IMI Approved Centres in China. The IMI are committed to raising standards worldwide and it’s fantastic to be working closely with Central College Nottingham in doing so.”

Andy Moore, Managing Director for ECL said: “Stephen has been mentoring and supporting all of our Chinese assessors, to enable them to deliver a robust assessment process in our Chinese IMI project. This new position will considerably enhance ECL’s current and future operations in China.”

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