IRTE Skills Challenge News

Bridgestone open new training facility

21st Feb 2018

Bridgestone, sponsors of the IRTE Skills Challenge for an eighth consecutive year, will reinforce its commitment to the future of the commercial tyre industry when it unveils a state-of-the-art, purpose-built training facility for tyre technicians to benefit from.

The world’s largest tyre and rubber company is about to reveal its dedicated training centre at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) in Warwickshire, to supplement its existing portfolio of industry-recognised qualifications at customers’ headquarters.

The significant investment will boost Bridgestone’s current offering and is seen as a huge statement of intent.

Bridgestone’s training and development manager Paul Turner said: “This facility is a game-changer for us, as we will now have an easily accessible, dedicated centre in central England which offers the perfect environment for technicians to learn from.

“The centre boasts a custom-built trailer rig from which a lot of hands-on wheel security courses can be based around, while more specialised topics such as locking rims, wheel flanges and tubeless tyres can all be covered on-site too.”

Phil Thirsk, Training & Development Manager at Bridgestone, added: “We want to deliver industry best practice; tyre industry education in a controlled environment where technicians attend practical or theoretical assessments in more than just a training centre. It will be an experience; a day to remember.

“Being part of the Skills Challenge is always worthwhile for us,” concluded Phil. “Tyres play an important role for the bus and coach industry; they are integral to safety and efficiency.”

In the past 12 months, the company became the first major tyre manufacturer to offer a new accreditation for professionals, irtec Tyre.

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