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.
The news that the sale of petrol and diesel cars could be banned in 15 years should propel the automotive industry into addressing the serious need for vehicle technicians to be skilled in electric and hybrid vehicle servicing. According to the IMI, who are actively lobbying Government to get the automotive industry’s workforce appropriately qualified, just 5 per cent of UK vehicle technicians have been trained in electric vehicle servicing. Critically, these untrained technicians could be putting themselves at risk, due to the high voltage nature of electric cars.
Prisoners at HM Prison Featherstone are being given truck tyre training in an attempt to address the skills shortage in the truck tyre industry and “instil pride into prisoners’ lives”. Bridgestone has partnered with the prison to offer a hat-trick of commercial tyre training qualifications.
On 16 January 2019 Remit Group invited representatives from OEMs, tyre manufacturers, equipment suppliers and the media to its existing Derby training academy in order to learn more about the organisation’s forthcoming “Derby 2” training academy. Tyres & Accessories joined representatives from the likes of MAN, Scania, Michelin, Autogem to name just a few in order to find out more.