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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

New webinar to discuss the new normal for training within the UK aftermarket in 2021

Date: Thursday 25 March 2021

The next Automotive Aftermarket Webinar Series, The Future of Automotive Training, launched by auto:resource, brought to you by of automechanika, is set to look at the impact 2020 had on the landscape of automotive training, what it looks like now in 2021, and where it is going in the future.

To be held live at 11am on 30th March or on demand afterwards, a number of established industry speakers will be on hand to share insights and incite discussion about the future of automotive training and training priorities for workshops such as electrification, ADAS and more.

They will also offer business guidance for workshops on how to plan and access training for staff, now and in the future.

The expert panel will include renowned automotive author, Tom Denton; Maria McCullough, AutoCare Garage Network Manager; Phill Weller, Network Manager for United Garage Services GROUPAUTO; Kevin Kelly, Bosch Sales Director UK & Ireland; and James Dillon, Independent Trainer for Technical Topics, with more speakers to be announced. The session will be moderated by Mark Field, PR Director for Automechanika Birmingham.

Denton has been researching and writing best-selling automotive textbooks for over 25 years. His published work is endorsed by all leading professional organisations and used by automotive students across the world.

McCullough has been with GROUPAUTO for 37 years in total, and 18 years ago, she launched the AutoCare garage programme in the UK, starting from scratch and building it to the 845 garages currently on board. In February 2020, AutoCare won best garage concept at the CAT awards.

Weller looks after the United Garage Services network, the garage support programme available to independent workshops exclusively through the UAN trading group.

A household name around the world, Bosch provides a complete range of diagnostic and workshop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. With over 30 years in the industry, Kelly has been a Sales Director for Bosch for over a decade, and brings extensive industry insight to the panel.

Dillion is an experienced aftermarket expert, who offers technical training and support through his business, Technical Topicals, which was established in 1989.

While the pandemic has applied the brakes on business operations in many ways, it hasn’t stopped the acceleration of new technologies in the Automotive Sector, and therefore auto:resource recognises the need for constant training and upskilling for garage and workshop staff.

Lockdowns and social distancing measures have had a severe impact on traditional training courses and methods, both for training providers and the technicians in need of training.

Simon Albert, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt UK, organisers of Automechanika Birmingham, said: “The webinar series is incredibly popular, and we’re always engaging with, and listening to, the market to determine and share current trends. Last year was a tough one, and it’s important that we pull together to futureproof our industry and identify opportunities to continue pushing forward while embracing the next generation of technicians.”

Those interested in the webinar can register on auto:resource here.

If professionals can’t make the 30th March, the automechanika team is encouraging individuals to register anyway, as the live session will be recorded and shared afterwards.