25 July 2016

An emfec member is developing a specialist Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) assessment centre in China after winning a new contract in Nottingham’s sister city of Ningbo.

Emtec Colleges Limited (Emtec), a division of Central College Nottingham that specialises in automotive training, has partnered with Ningbo Vocational Educational Centre school (VEC) for the ambitious new project.

The development of the IMI Assessment Centre at VEC will enable more young people in China to be trained to the high technical standards required in the global automotive marketplace.

Stephen Turner, Sector Development Manager (Automotive) at Emtec, recently became the first person to qualify as an IMI International Regional Quality Assurer. As a result he is responsible for quality assurance of Emtec’s work as the provider of IMI training in China. Stephen travelled to Ningbo on 4 July to carry out the IMI centre approval process at VEC.

Emtec will be working in partnership with VEC, to share their automotive expertise and improve technical training. The main goal is to train more young people in China to high technical standards through reform and excellence in the country’s apprenticeships.

This project was conceived in September last year during a visit to Nottingham by Ningbo leaders. The contract was signed following a meeting with Director General Shen of the Ningbo Education Bureau and school leaders in Ningbo in June and work on the project has already started.

With the project now in its early stages both sides will work closely together, the project will take place over the next three years and the recruitment of new students will begin in September 2016.

The next step will commence with five members of staff from Ningbo VEC travelling to Nottingham in early September to undergo an intensive three week training course at Emtec, located at Central’s Ruddington Centre.

Andy Moore, Managing Director for Emtec Colleges Ltd. said:

“Emtec is continually working to expand its China provision. The benefits to the East Midlands’ regional economy in terms of sharing best practice and opening up the market in China are really exciting. On the flipside it will also help us develop more of a global market focus when devising future apprenticeships for employers here in the UK.

“The strong link that exists through the successful sister city relationship with Ningbo is a great boost to this education partnership, along with the cultural exchange that is reinforced during each reciprocal visit.”

Herbert Lonsdale, International Business Development Manager at the IMI said:

“The IMI are committed to raising automotive industry people standards worldwide and we’re pleased to be progressing this project with Emtec at Central College Nottingham to develop a new IMI assessment centre.”

Central College Nottingham is the new name for South Nottingham College which merged with Castle College in July 2011, running full-time courses for school leavers 16+ and part-time courses for adults and local business.