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SOE: irtec alliance offers recognition for skilled CV technicians

Two of engineering's most respected names have finalised an agreement to improve commercial vehicle industry standards by developing the technician-licensing scheme, irtec.

The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) today announced the collaboration, which paves the way for improved skills levels and recognition of a competency benchmark.

irtec is a renewable voluntary testing and assessment scheme that certifies the theoretical and practical skills of PCV, heavy goods and light commercial vehicle technicians. By passing an irtec test and achieving an irtec Licence, the holder displays a marked commitment to competency, safety and professional development.

SOE Chief Executive Nick Jones said:
"This agreement between the IRTE and the IMI will allow us to make major headway in generating further take-up of irtec and strengthening it for the future. With a joint irtec steering group and through consultation with industry, we are working together to ensure irtec meets the industry's needs, as well as developing a nationwide network of irtec assessment centres to increase its availability.

"By harnessing the expertise and experience of the IRTE in the commercial vehicle sector, particularly in relation to standards, and the administrative and developmental expertise of the IMI, I am confident this will be a strong and valuable partnership."

As part of the new agreement, from 1 June 2010 the IMI, and its awarding body subsidiary IMI Awards Ltd, will be responsible for managing the quality assurance process for the irtec scheme, which will include the approval of new assessment centres, monitoring of the assessments and assessors.

Linda Stansfield, Chief Operating Officer at the IMI said:
"We welcome this partnership with the IRTE to help further develop and expand the irtec scheme in line with the evolving needs of employers within the commercial vehicle sector. The IMI are looking forward to working alongside the IRTE to help support skills development within this sector."

Responsibility for the irtec register of successfully licensed individuals will remain with the IRTE, but the IMI will take over the administration process for those wanting to do the assessment.

For more information about irtec, please visit www.soe.org.uk/irtec.

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Editor's notes:

For irtec/IRTE/SOE enquiries please contact:
Andrea Dick
Communications & Marketing Manager
020 7630 1111
andrea.dick@soe.org.uk
David Jones
Editorial & PR Coordinator
020 7630 1111
david.jones@soe.org.uk

For IMI enquiries please contact:
Simon Bennett
PR Executive
01992 511 521
simonb@motor.org.uk

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