North of the border

The Scottish aftermarket industry is in safe hands with training at GTG

Published:  24 April, 2014

The city of Glasgow is currently undergoing a large redevelopment programme. The old high-rise flats are being torn down, a new hospital is being built and the commonwealth games are just around the corner.

In the middle of all this sits a state-of-the-art training facility with a large workshop area, conference facilities and numerous classrooms with presentation equipment. Run by GTG, it is one of three facilities in the UK (with one in Edinburgh and the most recent addition in Wolverhampton) and also offers HGV driver training amongst other things. Yet the workshop courses are well catered for. The centre employs highly trained staff with recent industry experience, able to recount and pass on their knowledge to attendees.

The workshop area currently houses a selection of vehicles from parent company Arnold Clarke, which means trainees are able to work on the latest engines and vehicle systems for courses covering diagnostics and principles of fuel injection and ignition, as well as engine management system training. In addition, the centre offers ATA courses for service and master technicians.

GTG also offers apprenticeship training; The Motor Vehicle Technician programme allows apprentices to put theory into practice within an automotive training environment. All aspects of vehicle repair and maintenance are covered from basic routine servicing to vehicle electrics and diagnosing faults, apprentices also have to complete a portfolio demonstrating newly acquired skills and knowledge gained throughout the programme.

As well as being able to cater for apprentice training, the centre is open to anyone in the vehicle repair industry. There are also a series of short courses and evening courses meaning technicians do not have to take much time away from their working lives.

An array of tools and diagnostic equipment is available to train technicians in a number of different situations. There is a wheel alignment bay, courses on maintenance surrounding air conditioning systems and an area for body repair, allowing it to cover various angles of the automotive aftermarket industry.

GTG also hires the centre out for conferences and events. The conference suite can house 250 people while the main foyer area is utilised for refreshments and catering for delegates. The site is just ten minutes from Glasgow airport and a short distance from the city centre itself.

The centre in Glasgow is joined by another in Edinburgh, both working together to benefit the Scottish automotive aftermarket industry. The state of the art facilities allow trainees the opportunity to learn and achieve the knowledge they will need to develop themselves and potentially their businesses.

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