Midland Tyre Services (MTS)’s frontline team recently received a series of in-depth Michelin training courses tailored to its business. MTS, based in Borris-in-Ossory, County Laois, is one of Ireland’s largest and most recognised fleet mobility businesses. Operating 24 mobile service vans, all equipped with the latest tyre management technology – including real-time digital inspection and reporting tools – MTS supports thousands of commercial vehicles operating across Ireland.
Ask anyone involved in tyre industry training and they will say two things. Firstly, there is a growing need to develop a sustainable career path in the technical end of the tyre business. And secondly, that structured training needs to move with the times. The good news is that, after months and years of hard work by key industry figures, there is now an appropriate answer to both questions. So, with this in mind, in mid-November Tyres & Accessories visited the first cohort of trailblazer Licence Commercial Tyre Technician (LCCT) training, which incorporates an accredited apprenticeship standard and the NTDA’s REACT licence.
Schaeffler states that there has been a surge in sign-ups for the inaugural Repxpert Academy LIVE training day. The new ‘roadshow’ training concept, which is a joint venture with the IMI, will be held at approved college venues across the UK, with the first event taking place at Lincoln College on Saturday 16 November.
Online battery training platform GS Yuasa Academy was launched earlier this year, with thousands of learners now receiving industry leading battery training through their device. Featuring more than 20 certified courses tailored to different job roles, the academy targets technicians, distributors and educational institutes.
Bridgestone has won the NTDA Tyre Industry Award for Staff Training & Development for the second successive year, and the third time in four years. Since scooping the award in 2018, Bridgestone has strengthened its training team, developed a number of courses for automotive retailers and has even entered into a partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison Service via an offender training scheme to upskill the commercial tyre industry.
The Motor Ombudsman has added a new module on distance sales to its Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)-approved online training portfolio. Tailored to the needs of businesses operating in the motor industry, it joins the existing suite of web-based courses on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE) is continuing its development of the Lucas brand across UK and Europe with the introduction of distributor and technician training seminars. The first-ever Lucas training programme under SMPE was in Kiev, with Ukrainian business and Lucas distributor Alt-Star. This was followed by training with Autoaibe, a Temot member in Vilnius, Lithuania. Both Lucas distributors brought a mixture of online, wholesale and electrical specialists to the training and more than 30 people attended in total.
During the first half of 2019, Manchester-based commercial wheel services company MWheels has been implementing an evolutionary process to change its target. The company has sought to position itself differently within its markets; from a UK wheel distributor campaigning for legislative input on wheel safety, to a European provider of wheels and wheel services designed to make commercial operators more aware of the safety and business implications of fitting and maintaining the most suitable products for their fleets. “The last four months,” chief executive officer Matthew Mardle tells Tyres & Accessories, “have been a big success in following through on the strategies” implemented since the changes in leadership at the helm of the company in January – Mardle was appointed CEO, while company founder John Ellis took up a new position as chairman – and, in the longer term, since the company opened its European operation, MWheels GmbH, in Germany.
Klarius Products, in conjunction with local training provider PM Training, introduced young learners to the world of work this Autumn with a full factory tour of its Staffordshire-based exhaust manufacturing centre.
Nokian Tyres is sending the first group of US employees from its Dayton, Tennessee factory to Europe for training. After a month of orientation, Nokian reports that it is sending the staff group on a six-week training trip to its facilities in Russia and Finland.
Vipal is celebrating the recent inauguration one of its largest European customer’s new training centre. Basvulk, based in the city of Kyustendil, Bulgaria has opened the new facility with the aim of “improving the knowledge of its customers”. To this end, Basvulk offers training opportunities to those who want excellence and the correct application of materials during the repairing process.
Technicians from TerraClean’s service centre network have taken part in a three-day Level 3 IMI certified training course in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Repair and Replacement. The training – which took place at TerraClean service centre, Galltec Automotive, in Cramlington – was provided by Stephen Burr (AAE MIMI IEng MIET) and designed to ensure TerraClean technicians continue to broaden their expertise and competence on modern electric and hybrid vehicles.