Online training specialists OurVirtualAcademy have released two new courses in their Tyres suite. With winter fast approaching, and with snow already on the ground in some areas, tyres and the grip they can provide in adverse conditions have never been more important. In Mud and Snow Tyres, you will look at the detail of M+S tyres, including all-season tyres, winter tyres and the 3 peaks mountain snowflake. The second course Aquaplaning, looks at what aquaplaning is and the associated importance of tyre tread and tyre pressures.
Continental Tyres is growing its in-house ‘ContiAcademy’ training centre following an increase in demand for courses this year. Situated in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, the ContiAcademy will benefit from a larger and newly refurbished classroom and additional breakout room to accommodate larger groups in accordance with COVID-safety measures.
Speaking on behalf of the executive officers of the NTDA, national chairman Martin O’Brien welcomed delegates to the 7th NTDA Tyre Industry Conference (sponsored as it was by GB Tyres (UK) Ltd in association with Linglong Tyres), before updating us all on the continued growth of the association and addressing the subjects of recycling (via a TRA update) and industry training.
NTDA chief executive Stefan Hay’s NTDA Tyre Industry Conference 2021 speech covered a range of pressing topics, that – due to the impact of the pandemic and its associated lockdowns – couldn’t be addressed in-person before now: key worker lobbying, climate change and the importance of training and technicians were amongst the main topics.
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.