"Just as David Beckham hones his skills to deliver the perfect free kick on the football field, so the IMI is committed to helping people develop their skills in the automotive arena," said Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive, today. The IMI has launched its new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) initiative.
Designed to both encourage and enable its 25,000 members to keep up-to-date in their respective fields and plan their development, the IMI’s CPD scheme is a way of maintaining and improving individual skills and ability. Members completing the required 2 days of CPD every 2 years will be awarded a certificate of CPD Achievement, with all learning evidence recorded by the IMI.
The scheme is being rolled out to the IMI’s membership on a phased basis, although members can submit CPD evidence at any time. This can take the form of both ‘structured’ and ‘unstructured’ activity, including training programmes and work-based learning respectively. Participation is voluntary until April 2005, at which time CPD will become mandatory if members wish to retain their existing grade of full IMI membership.
The IMI believes that CPD will play a significant part in improving the perception of the motor industry as well as helping to raise the profile, employability and status of those working within it, particularly technicians.
Commented Sarah Sillars:
"By offering independent formal recognition of learning achievement, which for many is going unnoticed at present, our view is that CPD will go a long way in tackling the personnel issues in the industry, not to mention enhancing the employability of all those who actively engage with it."
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