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New accreditation offers Volvo technicians independent recognition


Under a new agreement between Volvo Car Corporation and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Volvo technicians undergoing the manufacturer’s Master Technician training programme will be recognised formally by the IMI for their technical ability.

Following an extensive review of its technical training resources, Volvo has become an approved centre for the IMI’s Quality Assured Awards (QAA) programme. Technicians completing the Volvo Master Technician programme will receive a QAA certificate from the IMI, which provides the individual with independent verification of their technical competence.

As a result of the IMI’s audit process, Volvo’s technical training programmes were identified as being of a very high standard, both in terms of content and assessment strategy. In particular, those achieving Master Technician status will have completed a rigorous and detailed practical test, which will also qualify them for Associate grade of IMI membership.

Paul Brooks, VRM training manager at Volvo commented:

"We are pleased to have been successful in gaining QAA approval from the IMI for our technical training programmes. We believe that Volvo technicians will enjoy the independent recognition that this brings, and will find our involvement in this initiative both motivating and rewarding."

Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive, added:

""We are delighted to be working with Volvo in this way, which represents a significant opportunity for the skills of technicians to be independently recognised, which in turn reflects the high quality of the training programmes they undertake."