Claims made by City and Guilds regarding a 'pioneering' and 'revolutionary' method of testing trainee technicians, via an on-line facility, have today been rejected by the IMI.
A news release issued by City and Guilds on 29 July entitled "Industry professionals to become qualified in revolutionary way", contains some major factual inaccuracies.
The IMI was, in fact, the first awarding body to introduce the concept of on-line testing, on demand, within the automotive sector. Its widely acclaimed on-line assessment system was launched in February 2001, with 15,000 students having already completed at least one test to date.
A demonstration of the IMI's on-line assessment system is available on this web-site, in the training and education section.
Continuing its pioneering status, as part of the IMI's ongoing participation in the pilot scheme for the on-line delivery of Keyskills testing with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), the IMI will become the first awarding body in its industry sector to offer on demand testing via the internet, from 1 September 2003.
Initially, the Keyskills tests available on-line will be:
Application of Number Level 1
Communication Level 1
Information Technology Level 1
Application of Number Level 2
Communication Level 2
For further information, please contact the IMI awarding body.