IMI names first TechSafe Centre of Excellence

Published:  26 September, 2022

BMW Group UK Academy in Berkshire has been named as the first IMI TechSafe Centre of Excellence, recognising its use and promotion of IMI TechSafe standards.

The BMW Group UK Academy opened in 2006 and trains BMW apprentices and provides ongoing training for other BMW staff. 76% of technicians in the BMW UK network have achieved IMI qualifications and IMI TechSafe eligibility. Technical trainers and assessors from the BMW Academy have worked with the IMI for over 12 years in expert working groups, taking part in EV steering groups, and in the IMI TechSafe Sector Advisory Group. The Academy also worked with the IMI to outline the IMI TechSafe CPD Framework, which launched in 2022.

Phil Neal, National Technical Training Manager, BMW Group UK Academy, observed: “For the benefit of the end customer as well as the wider industry, we have built IMI TechSafe into our Academy programme and retailer standards across our network. Our technical apprentices also finish their programme with IMI EV Level 2 accreditation to drive standards higher and ensure our technicians are fully trained to work safely on electric vehicles.”

Steve Nash, CEO of the Institute of the Motor Industry added: “We are delighted to have presented this first IMI TechSafe Centre of Excellence accreditation to the BMW Academy in recognition of its achievements in training, supporting and promoting the IMI TechSafe ambitions and professional register in the UK and overseas. We look forward to recognising more organisations that meet our Centre of Excellence criteria in the near future, as the industry works together to further increase standards across the UK and internationally.”

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