Vehicle manufacturers, dealerships, the DVSA and driving instructors should include a comprehensive lesson for motorists on how to use advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) so they are a road safety benefit and not a potential hazard, says IAM RoadSmart following the publication of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile’s (FIA) ‘How to maximize the road safety benefits of ADAS’ report.
Schaeffler’s Repxpert technical training team has announced more details about its new programme of ‘Tea-Break Training’, designed to appeal to as many people as possible by offering informative and invaluable information in bite-size chunks at three different starting times.
Digitisation has been an extremely important trend in 2020, to say the least. Due to the restrictions implemented by global governments to combat the spread of Covid-19, the use of technology to perform all sorts of basic business functions has never been as widespread in its usage. While tyre fitting businesses have been spared enforced closure with their rightful designation as an essential service, the implementation of solid digital systems to assist operational and marketing functions has been vital – more so than ever before. Tyres & Accessories used one digital system with which many are now intimately acquainted – Microsoft Teams – to speak to the commercial director of tyre business software systems provider CAM, Steve Daly, about how the company has supported this increased digitisation, as well as the general growth in companies employing CAM’s solutions, such as e-jobsheet and Fitter-Force. This interview is also available as a video to subscribers below.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has launched its MOT Training and Assessment package for 2021. With a focus on e-Learning, the three-hour training also gives technicians the opportunity to retake the assessment up to three times if they’re not happy with their score on first or second attempt.
BKT has launched the BKT Network, a digital TV format hosting new and exclusive videos about the off-road tyre specialist, its products, and its partnerships. BKT said content will include first-hand accounts from users around the globe, behind-the-scenes looks at sports sponsorships, exhibitions, CSR activities. and more. “The initiative also comes about as a direct link with users, with partners and distributors, with the whole range of audiences,” says Arvind Poddar, BKT chairman, in the network’s launch episode. “The need to reduce the distances dictated by the current situation has never been so relevant. We want to remain in contact with everyone.”
The continuing popularity of Denso Aftermarket’s webinar programme has once again been proved, as the original equipment (OE) component and system supplier has added yet more modules and dates to its free technical training platform.
Introduced in response to the coronavirus crisis to provide technicians with ongoing training during the restrictions imposed by the country’s lockdown measures, Denso Aftermarket’s webinar programme has proved immensely popular. As a result, alongside the original air conditioning and thermal management modules, which will remain, new product categories will join them as the company shares its wealth of technical knowledge derived from decades of original equipment design and production experience.
Bridgestone is providing supported training courses aimed at getting commercial customers back on their feet following lockdown. During the third quarter, the company’s comprehensive range of accreditations – which helped secure three National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) staff training awards in the past five years – are to be offered at heavily subsidised rates to dealers for the first time. By providing the wide range of qualifications, Bridgestone hopes to re-engage with – and empower – technicians and ensure its network of commercial partners provide a premium service when answering fleet calls.
Continental has become the first tyre manufacturer to offer commercial tyre technicians the chance to gain and renew their REACT licence online via the ContiAcademy.
The new online offering has been set up to ensure technicians working across the UK can remain up to date with REACT (Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians) licencing, despite restrictions on public interaction ongoing in light of Covid-19.
The Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC) foresees a shortage of skilled manpower in the rubber sector. With the objective of understanding the challenges and concerns related to absorption of workforce back into the business operations post-lockdown RSDC, is running a webinar to discuss “Demand of Skilled Workforce in the Rubber Sector Post Covid19 Lockdown” on Friday 15 May 2020.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pirelli has launched a new package of virtual training initiatives for its dealers and their salesforce. From mid-March, tyre dealers and Pirelli employees have been able to take part in new online training sessions, adding to the existing technical e-learning programme from Tyrecampus and Pirelli’s own internal Commercial Academy. The goal is to construct a new way of working with customers, which will to some extent shape how the tyre market works in future.
Ten years after its inception, Autotech Recruit has started the new decade by announcing an enhancement to its management team and a company rebrand, which will cement its status as the leading employment solutions provider for the automotive industry.