Glass grade

First autoglazing ATA assessment centre is launched in Essex

Published:  26 August, 2008

AN ESSEX glass company has become the first approved independent assessment centre to offer Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) in autoglazing.

/>Essex Glass and Windscreens, in Chelmsford, now runs courses for the autoglazing ATA, which is the latest category to receive approval from the scheme’s organizer, the

/>Similar to other ATA routes, autoglazing technicians are required to pass a series of practical assessments and an on-line test to achieve accreditat

/>James Hall, an autoglazing technician and ATA assessor at Essex Glass and Windscreens said he felt “privileged” to be involved in ATA autoglaz

/>“As a technician who is proud of my profession, I believe the ATA standard will help to achieve the recognition that we as autoglazing technicians deserve,” he s

/>Maria Charlton who helps run the company, said getting approval as an assessment centre was another boost for the independent automotive sec

/>“Today’s windscreens, with solar reflective glass, integrated rain and light sensors, built-in heated filaments and even head-up display systems are know as ‘smart glass’,” she said. “So autoglazing technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of how complex windscreens work and interact with the rest of the vehicle,” she s

/>Ian Gillgrass, the IMI’s workforce development manager, said the speed of technological change within the industry meant regular assessment and training was crucial to keeping up standa

/>“The speed at which our industry is evolving has shown the importance of technicians demonstrating current competence, underpinned by their commitment to an ethical code of conduct,” said Ian. “ATA has generated significant momentum across the industry and the IMI is delighted that Essex Glass and Windscreens is actively supporting the initiative within its own market.

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