IGA Training highlights independent interest

Record number of workshops sign onto courses in 2014

Published:  03 November, 2014

The Independent Garage Association has release figures showing the uptake of technician training in the industry is becoming a key priority.

The body has trained over 3,500 independent technicians so far in 2014 with all its remaining courses this year already fully booked. The IGA is already taking bookings on its 2015 courses. In addition, there is work underway to increase the number of school leavers coming into the industry.

IGA director Stuart James comments: "The IGA is committed to supporting its members, independent garages across the UK, which we believe are wrongly criticised for a lack of investment in training. Better informed and trained staff, as we know, helps ensure profitability and loyalty of our members' customers. What's more, with the continued growth in the level of technology found in modern motor vehicles, it's imperative that technicians stay abreast of the changes, especially with a greater number of hybrid and electrical vehicles coming onto the market.

"From reviewing the statistics on numbers going through and completing our courses, we are encouraged that this is not the case, and we have the resources in place to deliver our training packages to many more."

All courses are accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) which allow CPD credit for technicians and all are provided on site at members' garages.

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