irtec News

Final irtec breakfast meeting in Scotland

4th Dec 2018

The final breakfast event in Scotland to highlight the benefits of the irtec accreditation took place on 21 November, co-hosted by New College Lanarkshire and held within its own state-of-the-art HGV facility.
The event was well-attended, as twenty delegates from small, medium and large companies - and local councils - were given a short presentation by Francis Mercer on the benefits of the irtec accreditation. Francis explained how the licence can benefit the technician and the business, by including the return on investment (ROI) study which showed a 200% ROI for companies with irtec-accredited technicians.
This survey also highlighted the raised confidence levels and a commitment to professional development among technicians. This led to increased customer confidence in vehicle safety and a competitive advantage to the business.
This was followed by a short presentation by John Taylor, Chartered Manager, Learning and Development Professional, Curriculum and Quality Leader at New College Lanarkshire. John specified which irtec disciplines are currently offered by the college and elaborated on its future plans for the programme.
Bespoke training for semi-skilled and skilled technicians from other disciplines was a hot topic, which was discussed in depth, as was training and CPD, which is required to allow technicians to upskill in order to be eligible for irtec accreditation. A strong discussion on the training needs of these technicians took place, and Glyn Evans, External Quality Assurer (EQA) from the IMI, gave some input from the perspective of the awarding organisation.
After the discussions, all delegates were invited to a tour of the college automotive facilities, which included the HGV, light vehicle, motorcycle, vehicle body repair and vehicle refinishing areas.

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