AutoStart is a new automotive based vocational training programme designed for learners in school who are aged 14-16. This new programme is designed to be delivered 1 day a week (taking up 20% of the curriculum time) alongside the learners core GCSE's and other optional choices, over a two year period and incorporates:
• a nationally accredited automotive vocational qualification at Key Stage 4 focusing on vehicle maintenance & repair, which will provide the learner with relevant technical knowledge and skills;
• a minimum of 20 days automotive work experience to give the learner an opportunity to experience the real world of work in an automotive environment and also a chance to put the knowledge and skills they have learned through their qualification into practice;
• automatic entry onto Indicate, which is a free curriculum-linked teacher and student resource focusing on building the learners skills in Mathematics by contextualizing to the automotive industry;
• CV writing and interviewing skills.
• Automatic entry to 1st Gear, which a free online community for anyone ages 13-16 who are interested in the automotive industry.
The IMI would like to announce the introduction of a new qualification to the AutoStart Programme:
This qualification, which features on the Department for Education (DfE) 2014 Key Stage 4 Performance Tables, is an additional qualification to those already outlined as suitable for the AutoStart Programme. The qualification consists of 3 mandatory generic engineering based units and the choice of 3 optional units from a bank of specialised engineering units. However in order to fit in with the AutoStart programme the 3 optional units have been prescribed below as they must be focused on motor vehicle maintenance and repair:
Motor vehicle maintenance safety practices
Motor vehicle maintenance techniques
Motor vehicle maintenance planning
The other qualifications that have been outlined as suitable for the AutoStart programme can be downloaded below:
As part of the AutoStart Programme the IMI will provide resources to assist with work experience. We are re-developing our current work experience resources to provide work experience organisers, employers and students with relevant and up-to-date guidance to support the work experience process. We are bringing together best practice from previous automotive work experience guides to produce 3 short easy to use guides, one for organisers, one for employers and one for students. These new resources will cover the whole of the UK and can be used for work experience students on any programme of any age at any level.
To make sure that the resources are as beneficial as possible the IMI is asking for feedback on the first drafts, which can be downloaded below:
*Please note that the documents above are in draft format at present and once finalised will be branded and put into a new template with graphics to enhance the look of the resources.
If you would like to feedback on the resources then please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of July 2012.
Below are the pdf versions of the Indicate resource. If you would like any more information on the Indicate resource please go to: http://www.autocity.org.uk/headlight/indicate
CV Writing & Interviewing Skills
The IMI is developing some resources to help with CV writing and interviewing skills. More information on this will be disseminated shortly.
For more information on the 1st Gear online community please go to: http://www.autocity.org.uk/1st-gear/
Below is a flyer outlining the AutoStart programme, which can be downloaded and used for marketing purposes if desired:
This exciting new programme will be piloted from September 2012. If you would like to get involved in the programme please fill out an 'Interest Form', which can be downloaded below, and return it to email@example.com. If you would like any more information or to discuss the programme then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01992 511521.
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