EMTEC Colleges Limited, part of Central College Nottingham, is the only official representative in China of the UK-based motor industry awarding body, IMI Awards Limited. This partnership will enable the Chinese colleges to deliver the internationally recognised IMI automotive qualifications.
The two colleges have also signed an agreement to work together to provide a range of vocational courses in automotive and construction, alongside a summer school.
Shaoyi Zhang, Director of Business Development for EMTEC said:
“This is a key milestone for the college in the development of our business in China. With strong support from UKTI and the British Council, we have become an established and trusted partner for skills development to support China’s vocational education reform. The partnership will contribute to the export of the UK’s expertise to the international market and to the achievement of a mutually beneficial outcome.”
China is the global number one player in terms of both automotive production and sales.
Trade and Investment Minster Lord Green said:
“The UK has a long tradition of expertise in the vocational education sector, so I am delighted that institutions such as EMTEC are leading the way in sharing this expertise with partners around the globe. Initiatives of this type are key if we are to continue to strengthen the excellent trading relationships that already exist between our two nations and I would like to wish EMTEC and the Chengdu Industrial Vocational Technical College every success in their new venture.”
Central College has carried out training in the UK for some top Chinese colleges to enable them to deliver training to the workforce of premier automotive brands. Central College also helps the Chinese colleges in curriculum development and in establishing the Quality Assurance System required by IMI.
The College is also the only one from the UK Further Education sector selected to work on the British Councils’ Skills for Employability (SfE) automotive project in China.
The College is now in discussion with the British Council to develop partnerships in other specialist areas across China.
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