Apprentices gain motor repair certificates

The University College of the Cayman Islands has awarded four of 18 students certificates in apprentice motor vehicle repair.

After meeting the requirements of Institute of the Motoring Industry, advanced students Marcus Huggins, Reuben Forbes and Zak Quappe received their certificates from IMI Director Alan Mackrill in a small ceremony at the college on Monday. Lloyd Anthony Garrison, another recipient, was off-island.

Both Mr. Huggins and Mr. Forbes, who works for GT Automotive, said they were pleased with the results and as soon as Level Two was up and running, they are up for it. Mr. Quappe, an assistant mechanic working at Euro Car dealership said he has plans to go for levels two, three and four when they become available.

Normally the four students would have graduated with the other 14 in July but because IMI personnel were visiting the university at the time, the mock ceremony was arranged so the group could recognise students and give their support to the programme.

‘The programme is working well because of the huge response from the public,’ said IMI Executive Director Alan Mackrill.

UCCI’s IMI Auto Director Owen Laurenson said they were hoping to have the programme introduced to John Gray High School.

The IMI Level One course, launched in partnership with the UK-based IMI awards and accreditation organisation, is the first of its kind for UCCI.

The learning programme, which began in September, involves students studying both the theory and practical aspect of light vehicle construction and routine maintenance, operating principles of light vehicle engines, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems, transmission and electrical systems.

Students also gain knowledge and understanding of heath and safety issues in the workplace.

IMI is the sector skills council for the automotive retail industry, part of the skills for business network. The IMI is also the professional association for individuals working in the retail motor industry and the governing body for the Automotive Technician Accreditation scheme.