Omani institute wins prestigious global certification

Oman Sunday 28/February/2016 22:34 PM
By: Times News Service
Omani institute wins prestigious global certification

Muscat: National Automotive Higher Institute (NAHI) has become the first centre in the Sultanate to be approved by United Kingdom’s Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
IMI, an authoritative voice in the global automotive sector, recently certified NAHI. Following NAHI’s bid to deliver IMI’s international accreditations, an IMI representative arrived in Muscat to evaluate NAHI, its facilities, employees, and curricula before it emerged as the newest IMI approved centre worldwide.
“Through IMI’s endorsement, we will deliver important opportunities for the national workforce and the domestic industry, particularly talented local students and motivated professionals seeking fresh prospects in one of the world’s largest industries,” said Haji Al Balushi, General Manager of NAHI.
The automotive industry provides promising opportunities for career growth based on merits and qualifications. It was, therefore, important to globalise the level of certification offered at NAHI.
IMI’s visit concluded after its evaluation found NAHI to have a sustainable and solid foundation to deliver internationally accredited automotive education. The leading local institute received its certification from Adrian Stevenson, IMI’s visiting External Quality Manager.
Stevenson said, “We expressed our interest in establishing an approved centre in Oman and were inspired when we received such a promising application from the Sultanate’s first specialised automotive organisation. By becoming IMI certified, NAHI will equip local professionals with the required skills to overcome some of the challenges faced by emerging automotive markets and thereby contribute to the growth of the domestic industry and Oman’s economy.”
Steve Scofield, IMI’s Head of Business Development, said, “We are delighted that NAHI has aligned itself with IMI’s global industry benchmarks. With this push to deliver high-quality training in the support of individuals’ and employers’ needs, we have no doubt that NAHI will have a highly positive impact on Oman and its automotive industry.”