Delphi Technologies has launched the Delphi Technologies Academy – a new e-learning platform aimed at those in the automotive industry wanting to “enhance their skills and keep up to date with the latest technological developments”. The platform, launched in September, significantly enhances the company’s existing training portfolio.
The organiser of Automechanika Birmingham and auto:resource has launched The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event. The event targets training, technology, and tools for the garage and bodyshop sector. Messe Frankfurt said the event will “provide a focused opportunity for suppliers and their garage and bodyshop customers to engage, learn and facilitate progress, as we seek to adapt to the rapidly changing nature of the industry.” It said the event is a response to market demand, following a survey of more than 300 garages and consultation with suppliers.
Online training specialists OurVirtualAcademy have released the first 3 chapters in a new suite on Tyres.
The company makes the point that tyres are both safety critical and intricate pieces of engineering. They’ve been around for well over 100 years and all indications are they’ll be around for 100 more… In the first three parts of this suite viewers learn about some of the ECE regulations associated to tyres, tyre dimensions, speed and load ratings.
Vehicle technicians studying at Stratford-upon-Avon College can now learn wheel alignment analysis and adjustments on all types of cars and vans using Hunter wheel alignment equipment. The opportunity follows the recent addition of wheel-balancing and wheel-alignment equipment from supplier Pro-Align.
Four big names from the transport and logistics sector have come together to supply an HGV driver training simulator for the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Zambia, which Transaid has partnered with since 2008 to help meet the country’s growing demand for professional driver training.
Further demonstrating its commitment to training, the Schaeffler Repxpert technical team were back out on the road at the end of May, supporting staff from the In ‘n’ Out Autocentres network. During two days of intense training at the In ‘n’ Out HQ in Northampton, selected technicians learned about the latest developments in OE clutch, timing system and wheel bearing technology – from one of the world’s most trusted original equipment suppliers.
The RMI Academy of Automotive Skills is opening a new training facility in Lincoln to broaden the reach of its high-quality automotive training. The new site joins three existing locations in Southam, Runcorn and Winchester, and is the first of a number of additional academies planned as part of the trade body’s wider strategy to provide training for garages on a more local basis. A wide array of MOT and technical courses will be available when the site opens in July.
DENSO Aftermarket, the aftermarket division of original equipment (OE) component manufacturer DENSO, originally developed its e-Learning programme in response to the reduction in face-to-face training, due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, and such has been its success that not only has the number of courses grown, but it has paved the way for a European competition – the ‘League of True Mechanics’ or LOTM.
Despite the pandemic, Tenneco’s Garage Gurus automotive technical education platform has attracted record numbers of aftermarket professionals from across the EMEA region to its expanded curriculum of online and onsite courses. More than 32,000 participants have completed Garage Gurus training sessions since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Garage Gurus is a no-cost technical education and support program that helps workshop professionals and other participants remain on the leading edge of vehicle service technology.
Recognising the need to invest in the next generation of technicians, Dayco is expanding its training programme to reach out to students still in technical college, with a series of events starting at Engineering Innovation Centre, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire on 26 April. It is also encouraging other colleges to make contact if they too would like to take advantage of this free educational opportunity.
More than 3,000 vehicle technicians, service advisors and garage owners have now benefitted from TechMan’s advanced training and support programme, developed to ensure garage businesses realise their goals through the successful implementation of its Garage Management System.
Michelin is now offering expert tyre fitting and maintenance training for operators of industrial and heavy-duty machinery via two new one-day courses. The Safe Earthmover Tyre Fitting and Safe Crane Tyre Fitting programmes are delivered at the customer’s site by experts from the Michelin Training & Information Centre (MTIC). The sessions are appropriate for in-house technicians, or tyre dealers, working in a variety of sectors, including surface mining, underground mining, quarries, construction and materials handling.
The Covid-19 pandemic may have caused the biggest financial crisis of a generation as well as record spending and borrowing levels, but economic highlights aren’t as bad as was expected and UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak isn’t raising taxes as fast as feared. Here, Tyres & Accessories takes a look at the main points pertaining to the tyre business and specifically: the furlough extension, the corporation tax increase, continued business rates holiday, and the introduction of freeports.
There is no question that during these socially distanced times, Schaeffler’s Repxpert ‘Tea-break training’ concept has captured the attention of the workshop community, with more than 200 workshops and technicians again attending the latest INA cooling module.
Face-to-face training has been difficult at best and often impossible during the past year, and to accommodate this development Vipal Rubber bolstered its online training programme in 2020. Univipal, the retreading materials supplier’s corporate university and vocational training centre, has responded to an increased demand for virtual learning by developing a series of new resources, intensifying its online training and expanding content.