Schaeffler REPXPERT Academy Live returns in October

The next REPXPERT Academy Live roadshow from Schaeffler is being held at Tameside College in Ashton-under-Lyne on Saturday 21 October 2023.

New battery management course from Bosch

Bosch has launched a new training course; Battery Management, Smart Charge and 48 Volt Systems, that is running in September.

Training webinars from Nissens Automotive

Nissens Automotive has widened its Training Concept offering via a new and free live webinar series, hosted by their product specialists. As well as the information side, viewers can take part in Q&A sessions.

BCA relaunches vehicle appraisal training programme

A vehicle appraisal training programme has been relaunched by BCA with new content for 2023. Aimed at independent dealers as well as retail groups, the course shows how to carry out standardised appraisals.

LKQ Academy to train 1,000 more techs for H/EV by Christmas

LKQ Academy is looking to put another 1,000 mechanics through hybrid and electric vehicle training by the end of the year, adding a further 50% on top of the 2,000 it has already put through its programmes during 2023.

IMI Skills Competitions finalists named

24 vehicle repair apprentices have been named as the finalists for the IMI Skills Competitions, following a series of National Qualifier events that took place around the UK across May and June.

Klarius support student racing team with exhaust

Klarius recently joined forces with Staffordshire University to provide a specially designed exhaust system for its Formula Student team’s latest racing car.

Get stuck in: Henkel launches LOCTITE e-learning

Henkel has launched a new free-to-use e-learning platform centred around its LOCTITE brand.

Point S runs first IMI-Approved training course

Point S Tyre & Autocare recently ran its first IMI approved training course for members of its network since gaining IMI Approved centre status in March.

The Air Conditioning Service and Maintenance Level 3 course was run as part of the organisation’s ongoing mission to become the biggest EV maintenance network in Europe by 2026.

Jon Taylor, Point S UK and European Training Manager, said: “It is fantastic to see the Point S training programme fully underway. I’m delighted that every delegate passed the course and that the feedback on the content, facilities and delivery has been so positive.”

BMW dealer successfully uses Autotech Academy internship programme

A newly qualified vehicle technician who found work as an intern through Autotech Academy has been offered a permanent role by a BMW dealer that was struggling to find staff.

Delphi Academy launches Tesla e-learning module

Delphi Technologies has released a new 10-part Tesla e-learning module on Delphi Academy that coincides with the release of Tesla Model S and Model X coverage on Delphi’s BlueTech VCI diagnostic tool,

AA Ireland launches training academy with Autotech Training

The AA Ireland has launched AA Training Academy – Powered by Autotech Training, in collaboration with Autotech Training.It will provide electric vehicle training to the AA Ireland’s patrol network, and then be made available to to the wider automotive aftermarket in Ireland.

Mintex Masterclass for Mission Motorsport

TMD Friction’s specialist training team recently visited service charity Mission Motorsport, to run its Mintex Masterclass training programme.

Opus IVS Technical Open Evenings

Opus IVS recently ran a pair of Technical Open Evenings in collaboration with the IGA, held at the RMI Academy of Skills in Runcorn.

PCL continues to invest in training and apprenticeships

Pneumatics specialist PCL continues to recruit apprentices in Sheffield and the surrounding areas. Since 2013, work placements and apprenticeships have been offered across its departments.

Machining Apprentice Dylan Roome joined PCL from school in 2020: “I have become competent at setting our CNC lathes to produce high and low volume components, because of this I have been chosen to train on our brand-new sliding head machine which arrived in October.”

QA Technician Evie Asquith completed a Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering as an apprentice with PCL, and is now working towards a part-time Manufacturing Engineer degree: “ I enjoy the opportunities at PCL, including courses, growth and knowledge in industry and PCL.”

Product Development Engineer Jack Gibbs came to PCL straight out of school at 16 and has since successfully completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree.

He said: “The guidance they have provided has helped me go from leaving school at 16 to becoming a degree graduate at 22, as well as developing vital engineering skills along the way.”

Garage breaks e-learning hours record on Delphi Academy

The record for the number of e-learning hours undertaken by a garage on the Delphi Academy e-learning platform has been broken by a workshop in Wales.

39,000 mechanics now EV-qualified, but skills shortage remains warns IMI

39,000 UK mechanics were EV-qualified by the end of 2022, according to new figures from the IMI, up 14,800 on the previous year, but the uptake of the relevant skills needs to be accelerated to avoid a potential 16,000 technician shortfall by 2032, the organisation has warned.

Automechanika Birmingham: Training hubs for 2023

Automechanika Birmingham 2023, taking place 6-8 June, is set to include a number of training hubs, covering all aspects of the industry.

VARTA Training Academy integrates E-learning into VARTA Partner Portal

A fresh batch of battery E-learning, courtesy of the VARTA Training Academy, is now available via the VARTA Partner Portal.

Suffolk New College to host third OESAA Academy Live event

Suffolk New College is playing host to OESAA Academy Live on Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April, giving techs in East Anglia the chance to hear from a range of technical trainers.

Free Opus IVS technical events in April

A pair of technical open evenings led by Opus IVS are being held at the RMI Academy in Runcorn on Wednesday 19 April and Thursday 20 April.

Double clutch system training dates from Schaeffler announced

A number of double clutch training dates across April, June and November have been added by Schaeffler.

Schaeffler/BILSTEIN collaboration via REPXPERT continues

The joint technical training that has been offered by Schaeffler and BILSTEIN via the REPXPERT garage portal is set to continue, with the ongoing co-operation between the two companies being extended following the full launch in early 2022

TMD Friction UK and Ring Automotive team up for training

Ring Automotive has teamed up with TMD Friction UK on technician training at the braking provider’s new East Yorkshire research and development base.

Lincoln College becomes IMI TechSafe Centre of Excellence

Lincoln College, which has just opened a brand-new automotive workshop and Apprentice Centre converted from a disused sports hall, has been named as a TechSafe Centre of Excellence by the IMI.

Autotech Academy interns gain IMI Affiliate Membership

Autotech Academy’s internship initiative has been boosted through the addition of IMI Affiliate Membership.

EV/hybrid training for TMD Friction team

The R&D team at TMD Friction UK recently completed the latest IMI-accredited electric and hybrid vehicle training at the company’s research and development facility at Seaton Ross, East Yorkshire.

MAHLE Aftermarket added to OESAA Academy Live line-up after joining association

MAHLE Aftermarket will be taking part in 2023’s OESAA Academy Live events, having recently joined the organisation.

Exol Lubricants helps inspire with donation

Exol Lubricants recently donated a batch of its Optima engine oil to a school for pupils aged 5-18 with complex educational needs.

Comline provides automotive apprentices with handy tools

Comline Auto Parts recently went above and beyond when responding to a college request for one of its common fault poster, by also providing tools for the classroom and workshop environment in the form of pens, post-it notes, magnetic pick-up tools and air-fresheners.

Autogem offers TPMS tune-up Sessions

Autogem is running online training sessions in the use of TPMS kit in the wake of a recent customer survey run by the company.

Autotech Training takes the high road for Shetlands Council

Autotech Training recently sent its Business Development Director Dave Walker on a 1,600 mile round-trip to the Shetland Islands in a Autotech Training branded hybrid vehicle to help the Shetland Islands Council upskill its technicians for EVs to enable the the authority to progressively electrify its fleets of 320 vehicles.

Schaeffler celebrates "exceptional" Academy Live event

Schaeffler’s REPXPERT team took the Academy Live roadshow to York College in November, and 111 technicians were in attendance on the day to make sure they found out all the latest tech and methods.

New suspension video from BILSTEIN ACADEMY

The seventh episode in the ongoing video series “Suspension Fundamentals – powered by BILSTEIN Academy” has been released to YouTube. This instalment covers which applications suit which BILSTEIN shock absorber. In the video, Rainer Popiol and Mustafa Yavuz, BILSTEIN’s shock absorber experts, offer suggestions on how to provide customers with the right shock absorber.

IMI names Class of 2022 Skills Competitions winners

The winners of the IMI’s 2022 Skills Competition have been named, and their victory means they will be going international the World Skills Competition in 2024.

The RMI Academy of Automotive Skills– 2022/23 MOT Annual Training Workbooks

The RMI Academy of Automotive Skills– 2022/23 MOT Annual Training Workbooks
With the 2022/2023 MOT Annual Training Deadline drawing near, the RMI Academy of Automotive Skills is reminding Testers that its Annual Training workbooks for Class 4 & 7 and Class 1 & 2 vehicles are available.

NGK Academy proves popular

The free trial of NGK’s new training initiative proved to be popular with visitors to the Mechanex show at Sandown Park recently.

GS Yuasa Academy expands

Three years on from its original launch, GS Yuasa has takeen its battery training online platform onto the continent by including content in German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

New Platinum tier at LKQ Academy

LKQ Euro Car Parts has launched a new top Platinum membership tier for its LKQ Academy, covering all its IMI-approved courses. LKQ Academy Platinum offers garages access to 20 training days – across 25 locations – and 20 eLearning courses each year for £2,499 a year, with no limit on staff numbers from each business taking courses.

NGK launches online training portal; NGK Academy

NGK has launched a new online technical training portal; NGK Academy, which went live today (Tuesday 1 November), with a three-month full access trial for garages that belong to the NGK BoxClever loyalty scheme being offered.

Macclesfield tech becomes 100th trainee at new centre

Macclesfield-based Craig Hodson, has become the 100th technician to be trained at a recently-established vehicle repair centre run by mobile small and medium area repair technique (SMART) specialists Revive! Auto Innovations.

TechMan taking part in REPXPERT UK Academy Live in November

TechMan will be joining the Schaeffler REPXPERT UK Academy Live free training event, being held at York College on Saturday 4 November.

HELLA runs Universal Lighting webinar

HELLA is running an interactive webinar on the theme of Universal Lighting today (25 October), which is also set to take place on Thursday (27 October) and next Wednesday (2 November). The webinar is aimed at workshops and wholesalers, as well as other parties.

IMI names first TechSafe Centre of Excellence

BMW Group UK Academy in Berkshire has been named as the first IMI TechSafe Centre of Excellence, recognising its use and promotion of IMI TechSafe standards.

300% increase in EV/hybrid training demand

LKQ Euro Car Parts says demand for the IMI-accredited EV and hybrid training offered through LKQ Academy has increased by more than 300% in just two years.

Point S plugs network into EV future

Point S Tyre & Autocare has appointed of Jon Taylor as its UK and European Training Manager, as part of an overall plan to become the largest qualified and certified European network for EV maintenance by 2026. Jon previously led the development of PHEV and EV training programmes for Jaguar Land Rover.

Mintex Masterclass brake training

TMD Friction’s technical training team recently provided a Mintex Masterclass training evening covering braking manufacturing methods and product care for the team at Autosupplies Chesterfield.

Lucas Oil Products teams up with college on motorsport challenge

Lucas Oil Products (UK) have teamed up with Bangor-based Coleg Menai to enable students on its Motorsport Engineering Level 2 programme to learn how fuel and oil additive technology is used to advance vehicle maintenance methods and improve performance.

Seized cars swerve scrapheap to help teens

Cars seized by the Police that were set to be scrapped have been given a second lease of life as part of a school programme intended to help troubled teens and pre-teens.

EV-ready technician numbers rise

Q1 2022 saw the highest ever increase in then number of EV-qualified technicians for a single three-month period, according to figures collated by the IMI, with the expected shortfall between the number of EVs, and the number of qualified techs now not expected until 2028, instead of 2026.