College motors its way to top industry award

New College Lanarkshire IMI award (l-r) Mark Ingram (Head of Faculty of Engineering & Automotive at New College Lanarkshire), Ian McLintock (Curriculum and Quality Leader for Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle and Motorcycles at New College Lanarkshire), HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Steve Nash (CEO of IMI)
New College Lanarkshire IMI award (l-r) Mark Ingram (Head of Faculty of Engineering & Automotive at New College Lanarkshire), Ian McLintock (Curriculum and Quality Leader for Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle and Motorcycles at New College Lanarkshire), HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Steve Nash (CEO of IMI)

New College Lanarkshire’s engineering and automotive department has received a prestigious industry award.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) announced the college’s Motherwell campus as the Approved Centre of the Year at the Outstanding Achievers Awards 2015.

As the leading awarding body for the retail motor industry, the IMI Outstanding Achievers Awards recognise the achievements of students and staff from the IMI approved centre network.

The college’s automotive section has around 1,000 students and 44 staff, making it the largest further education provider of automotive education and training in Scotland, and one of the largest and most successful in the UK.

It includes a state-of-the-art heavy vehicle training centre, which is unique to Scotland, allowing New College Lanarkshire to provide training and assessment for all of the main automotive technical disciplines.

The college competed with the BMW Academy, Mercedes-Benz and South Devon College for the coveted top spot.

Ian McLintock, curriculum and quality leader of Engineering and Automotive, said: “As previous winners, we are delighted once again to achieve this highly acclaimed automotive industry award.

“New College Lanarkshire continues to be sector leading throughout the UK and we were delighted to accept the award.”

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