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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Autotech Apprentice, a division of Autotech Recruit, organises motor trade open evening in Coventry


Date: 28-Feb-2017

The new IAAF service provider member has announced a Motor Trade Open Evening which they are holding in conjunction with Coventry City College on the 15th March 2017, when the IAAF's Membership Development Manager, Mike Smallbone, will be presenting.

Autotech Apprentice is concerned at the worryingly low amount of skilled vehicle technicians, body repair technicians and MOT testers currently available in the market place and they feel that the road ahead is looking increasingly tough. They recognise that there are many reasons for this, internally and externally, but with an ageing work force and other industries attracting a larger amount of school, college and university leavers, the automotive aftermarket needs to improve at engaging with the next generation. 

Research has shown that FE Colleges on the whole struggle to engage with the trade and inherently the trade on the whole is not great at engaging with fully skilled individuals, never mind apprentices. Autotech Apprentice is, therefore, embarking on a mission to remove some of these barriers and to increase the amount of young people coming in to the great industry, so they and the college have been contacting garage owners within a 30-mile radius of Coventry to attend the event.



Other speakers and topics are:

Mark Armitage, IMI, Senior Apprenticeship Manager - Apprenticeship Levy and How It Works
Ben Smith, Smart Garage Solutions, Managing Director - How to Improve Customer Retention, Referrals and Conversions
Mike Smallbone, IAAF, Membership Development Manager - Aftermarket Threats and What the Future Holds
Tim Howes, NGK Spark Plugs, Deputy General Manager - The Challenges of the Downsized Engine
Lucy Burnford, AA Good Garage Guide, Director - Getting the Recognition and the Business That Your Workshop Deserves
Ian Marsh, DVSA Trade Engagement Manager - Technical Update from DVSA

Anybody interested in attending the event should CLICK HERE for further information.

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