College programme launches with Quality Assured Award

Lee Davis
The launch of a programme developed by Loughborough College and Project 12 is set to lead the way in a rapidly expanding UK industry.

With high-end, super car and super yacht clients, Project 12 specialises in the spray coating of composites and visual carbon fibre and teamed up with Loughborough College when it realised there was no formal recognition for the skills of its highly-trained staff.

The partnership created an exclusive programme in Carbon Fibre Refinishing which has received Quality Assured Award status from IMI Awards, linked to the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Describing the development of the programme, available in the UK only through Loughborough College, Project 12 Managing Director David King said: “Putting our staff through an in-house training programme has enabled them to develop highly innovative and specific skills which have made us a leading authority in the sector.

“But when I looked into sponsoring staff for a qualification that would recognise their professional competency, I discovered there was no vocational or accredited programme available – and that’s when I turned to Loughborough College.

“Following their delivery of a number of successful NVQ Level 3s to my staff at Carbody, which is also based in Banbury, I already had a great relationship with the College and with their trainer Mick Barker set about creating a proposal.

“We finally presented a document which would allow Loughborough College to measure the abilities of paint technicians against the Project 12 Carbon Refinishing standard and were thrilled to be granted QAA status by IMI Awards.

“I am now very proud to announce that I have signed up and sponsored Lee Davis and Ryan Watt, 23 year old technicians who have become the first in the country to join the Loughborough College Carbon Fibre Refinishing programme and I wish them every success.”

Loughborough College Vice-Principal Yiannis Koursis said: “Loughborough College has strong links with industry and is proud to have developed this brand new programme with Project 12 and the support of IMI Awards.

“It is clear that the carbon fibre refinishing industry is growing rapidly and the launch of this exclusive programme puts Loughborough College at the forefront of training and education in the sector.”

Mick Barker explained: “My Loughborough College colleague Laurie Foster and I and David King have created a unique programme with the support of IMI Awards which offers vital recognition to technicians in this highly innovative and specialised area which is seeing increasing demand from high-end names such as BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Formula One.”

Rob Gray, Head of Awarding Product Development, added: “IMI Awards Quality Assured Awards (QAA) recognise good quality training that sits outside the regulated qualifications framework. Loughborough College has received approval by Gary Hewerdine, Lead External Verifier and as an awarding body we’re extremely pleased to quality assure this programme, which is the first of its kind in this particular specialism.”