Automotive training to continue via new Framework

Published:  28 May, 2020

 Automotive staff undertaking training, including apprentices, will be able to complete their courses, despite COVID-19, following the release of an Extraordinary Regulatory Framework by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

The Framework, released on last Friday (22 May) enables colleges and training centres to carry out the examinations that mark the end of the education year.

Mark Armitage, the IMI’s Head of Membership Products & Services commented: “Ofqual’s new Extraordinary Framework provides clear guidance on how colleges and training centres can complete courses so that students who have worked hard can receive their qualifications. While there are clearly some courses requiring hands-on technical testing that will probably need to be delayed to later in the year, we are encouraging the colleges and training centres we support to access our experts and resources to help them tackle as many achievements as possible before the end of July.”

The IMI contributed to the consultation for the Framework and is gearing up to support the colleges and training centres running automotive courses where it is the Awarding Body or End Point Assessment Organisation.

Mark continued: “Our key motive is to help these further education establishments ensure that they are ready for the next cohort of learners starting in September. Clearly this needs to be done safely in the context of the social distancing guidelines from government, and we are working on guidance that will help Colleges and Training Centres carry out the appropriate risk assessments.”

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