On 12th Oct. 2017, an IMI Apprenticeship Programme was launched in Shanghai, China, and will be the first of its kind in the Shanghai area. Delegates from all stakeholders including Emtec Colleges Limited, Shanghai Communications Polytechnic (SCP) and the partner employer China Yonda Automobiles Services Holdings Limited attended the Launch Event and witnessed this milestone moment for the development and workplace integration of IMI qualifications in China.
In this three-party co-operation partnership, ECL will provide related technical guidance and be in control of quality assurance. SCP will be responsible for government funding application and ‘off the job’ teaching & assessment. As the employer, Yonda Automobiles will provide ‘on the job’ training and technical instruction.
In 2013, Emtec Colleges Limited partnered with Shanghai Communications Polytechnic and set up an IMI Assessment Centre and introduced IMI International Vocational Qualifications (IVQ). As an official vocational training base, SCP has since introduced IMI qualifications to the education authorities - Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (SMEC):
- August 2016 - approved by SMEC and organised by SCP, a group of 16 delegates from different vocational schools in Shanghai attended IMI Level 3 practical training and assessment in the UK.
- November 2016 - a delegation group led by SMEC and the headmasters of associated vocational schools visited ECL in the UK and observed the UK vocational education model
- November 2016 - IMI Level 3 Assessment Centre set up in SCP Pudong Campus.
- December 2016 - the 16 delegates received their IMI Level 3 IVQ certificate.
- December 2016 - vocational co-operation agreement between ECL, SCP and SMEC signed in Shanghai.
- July 2017 - a group of 11 delegates organised by SCP, again from different Shanghai vocational schools, attended IMI Level 3 practical training and assessment in the UK.
- August 2017 - SCP Management delegation group came to the UK to observe the UK Apprenticeship model.
During this period, discussions and negotiations took place with the Yonda group which has resulted in the launch of the IMI Apprentice Programme.
On the Event, Managing Director of ECL Andy Moore gave a speech themed Apprenticeship model in the UK, while the Head of Partnerships of Education Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General David Wang presented his speech with the theme of the development of the Apprenticeship in China. Delegates from SCP recognised the skills of the IMI students ‘IMI class students received high praise from enterprise that they are skilful and adaptive.’
28 students from SCP have been selected to take part in the Programme and it is anticipated that the introduction of this model will ensure a regular supply of competent young people to the Yonda dealer workshops.