College course in the fast lane


Take-up from employers has been swift for Cornwall’s first MOT testing qualification.

Truro and Penwith College’s Future Skills Institute recently received approval from the Skills Education Group to run and assess professionals on its new Level 2 Award in MOT Testing (Classes 4 and 7).

The new qualification provides a welcome option for Cornish employers who have traditionally been forced to send staff on an up to 200-mile round-trip to South Devon College, to access their nearest training and assessment centre.

February’s first two start dates for the five-day training sold out within days of launch. A third date has now been added on February 27 with the training set to run monthly thereafter.

Developed in collaboration with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) the qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to perform MOT tests.

The course is suitable for qualified Motor Vehicle Engineers with no previous experience in MOT testing, with annual reassessments required by the DVSA for qualified MOT Testers also available.

Nick Tillyer, Institute of Technology development leader at Truro and Penwith College, said: “The college is thrilled to add yet another vocational learning option through its Future Skills Institute to benefit local industry.

“The lack of a local MOT training and assessment centre put Cornwall’s Motor Vehicle employers at a significant disadvantage, it’s fantastic to have launched this qualification in support of local industry and to provide Cornwall’s Motor Vehicle Engineers with an accessible opportunity to keep their skills up-to-date and progress in their careers.”