First UK national Motor Sports qualification awarded

Birmingham, England January 2005. -- The first UK national qualification in Motorsports Incident Marshalling was awarded on 14th January at the Autosport International Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. Andrew Pickering, a student from ...

Birmingham, England January 2005. -- The first UK national qualification in Motorsports Incident Marshalling was awarded on 14th January at the Autosport International Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham.

Andrew Pickering, a student from Myerscough College near Preston, Lancashire, is originally from Cheshire and has four years experience working as a marshal, one of the loyal army of motor sports enthusiasts who give up their time to work unpaid (and unqualified), without whom the events could not take place.

By achieving OCNW Level 2 Certificate in Incident Marshalling in Motorsports, he has had his interest and commitment to the sport formally recognised. The certificate was presented by legendary BTCC star David Leslie and Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association. Also present was Phil Wilkinson, Chief Executive of the awarding body OCNW.

"It is a real milestone to see the first student come through," said Colin Hilton. "There has been a great deal of work by all parties to achieve a recognised qualification and I hope that this is only the first of many to come through the system. Motor sport volunteers are an essential element of our sport and while it will always be a voluntary role, official recognition of volunteers' achievements should bring them wider benefit in everyday life."

Phil Wilkinson commented: "I think everyone appreciates the significance of the award being presented here today. What I was impressed by was the speed with which the qualification was developed and formally accredited. It can only be a good thing for the motor sports industry that there's a framework of regulated qualifications."

The recipient of the award, Mr Pickering, remarked: "I'm thrilled to have had the chance to expand my experiences with this course, you don't always appreciate the theory behind things when you're out there on the track. I'm looking forward to starting the higher level course in September." When asked whether he would recommend others to take this course, Andrew replied "I think this is a great qualification for anyone serious about working in motor sport."

About the qualification

There are many reasons why marshalling is a logical place to start in developing a framework of qualifications in the sector. The awarding body, OCNW, have also agreed in principle with the regulatory authority, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), development plans for a range of further qualifications that will extend to other and higher skills in motorsports.

The Incident Marshalling qualification was developed by OCNW in association with MSA. The MSA is recognised as the governing body of motor sport in Great Britain by the world governing body, the F

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