With support from UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export Programme, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has extended its brand into Malaysia for the first time.
Patron of the IMI, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO FIMI, officially opened IMI Malaysia’s offices in Kuala Lumpur, in the presence of Government officials, dignitaries and senior representatives from the Malaysian motor industry.
The new company, Ilmu Motor Integrasi Sdn Bhd (IMI Malaysia), will operate as a licensed agent of IMI UK. Working in partnership with the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources, it will promote and offer a structured membership and qualifications programme to automotive professionals and students training for a career in the automotive industry.
As in the UK, the achievement of Malaysian vocational qualifications (MVLKs) will enable individuals to apply for full IMI membership. Eight training centres in Kuala Lumpur have been approved by the IMI for this purpose and these will be audited annually by IMI UK. These join the IMI’s overseas network, which includes some 20 approved centres in China, Cyprus, Oman and South Africa.
The IMI, which is the professional association for individuals and the leading qualifications awarding body in the automotive sector has 25,000 members in the UK and over 45,000 registered students. With the backing of the Malaysian Government, the IMI anticipates an increase in its international membership as this new initiative develops.
Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive, who attended the launch with HRH Prince Michael, said:
"Following considerable research and with guidance from UK Trade and Investment, the IMI has been able to realise a significant opportunity to improve the skills and recognition of a growing workforce in a fast-emerging automotive market. Reflecting our focus in the UK, IMI Malaysia will afford professional status and career opportunity to individuals in this sector and we look forward to seeing this venture grow hand in hand with its automotive industry."