Automotive Academy awards first ”Industry Recommended” status

22 April 2005 #SMMT News

The Automotive Academy has today announced that the Institute of Metal Finishing has become the first training provider to be given an ‘Industry Recommended’ seal of approval for one of its courses. This new status recognises the globally competitive quality of training provided in its Automotive Surface Finishing course.

The Academy’s ‘Industry Recommended’ award is made to organizations whose training is supported by companies throughout the automotive field. The Institute’s (IMF) Surface Finishing Courses have been attended by nearly 100 BMW and Land Rover employees in the last two years.

Congratulating the IMF on the achievement, Dr Alan Begg, Chief Executive of the Automotive Academy said, ‘This is the first organisation to be given the ‘Industry Recommended’ award. It is a reflection of the quality of their training and the respect held by the industry of their courses. The IMF is the first of many bodies to gain this status. Employees need to know that the training they receive is of high quality, totally relevant and fully recommended by the industry.’

Barry Gay, the IMF Honorary General Secretary commented, ‘We are delighted to be the first to gain this important recognition. It is another important accolade in the long history of our organisation. Now in our 80th year, we have always provided quality training for the automotive industry, and we hope this recommendation will ensure we do so for another 80 years.’


All courses gaining the Industry Recommended status can be found on the Automotive Academy database of automotive training courses at

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