Familiar face at IMI event

Paul Whiteside addressing the network at B&FC

Published: Wednesday 25 May 2016

There was something of a homecoming when Blackpool and The Fylde College hosted the latest Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) regional network meeting. 

For among the 70 or so delegates being welcomed to the new cutting-edge Advanced Technology Centre was a certain IMI manager whom the College trained 25 years ago.

Paul Whiteside, Quality and Compliance Manager, was at the event to open proceedings and speak to the IMI Approved Centre attendees about how the IMI could support them.

Joining him were several IMI colleagues and the DVSA to deliver a packed agenda, including changes to the new MOT testers accreditation and product development.

Paul was an automotive apprentice at B&FC back in 1989 and he enjoyed experiencing the enormous developments in the College offer since those very different days for the motor industry:

·         Motorsport R&D test facilities, including a 4wD chassis engine dyno and race vehicle preparation equipment

·         Automotive workshops on a par with market leaders such as Audi, BMW and Porsche

·         MOT testing facilities in line with VOSA’s current standards

·         Automotive refinishing department with six industry standard paint application booths

He said:
“Blackpool and the College had a good reputation for motor vehicle training back as far as I can remember, but nothing like the great facilities that are here today. This a massive leap forward.

"Living just up the road I had seen the building going up, and as we were looking to move our regional meetings around the UK a bit more, the College seemed an ideal venue.”

Michelle Riley, Automotive Training Manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College, added:

“This was a really informative event and the feedback from delegates was very positive. The College is looking to add to its portfolio by becoming accredited with the IMI as a trainer of MOT testers, so the wealth of industry information we’ve been able to pick up today should stand us in good stead.”

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