IMI-ACCREDITED TRAINING COURSES SUPPORT INCREASED FOCUS ON SMR

20 July 2012

ATS Euromaster has enhanced its range of training courses for car and van technicians to place a major emphasis on the company’s growing skills base in the service, maintenance and repair (SMR) sector for cars and light commercials.

It marks the start of a new relationship between ATS Euromaster and the IMI – a professional association for individuals working in the automotive sector – with new courses designed by the ATS Euromaster’s technical services team and fully accredited by the IMI.

The courses cover everything from car and van tyre fitment to air conditioning servicing, vehicle diagnostics, battery fitment, wheel alignment, scheduled maintenance servicing, brakes, steering, suspension and exhausts.

Stan Rudowski, Group Head of Health, Safety and Technical Services at ATS Euromaster, says: “The IMI courses allow our training to be 100 per cent focused around our direct needs. We’ve structured them to reflect the increasing emphasis on SMR, in addition to tyres and fast-fit.”

ATS Euromaster has supported the introduction of the IMI courses with the purchase of modern Volkswagen ‘test’ cars, in addition to existing vehicles based at each of the company’s six primary training centres.  These permanent test cars allow technicians to refine their skills on modern vehicles featuring the latest specification brake and steering assemblies on the market.

The IMI training course is delivered by ATS Euromaster’s eight resident Technical Training team members, who are collectively responsible for overseeing training for ATS Euromaster’s 2,000-strong team of professional technicians.

The IMI accredited courses are already popular with franchised dealer groups and now form part of 20 specialist courses for ATS Euromaster technicians, which collectively cover all aspects of the company’s work in the car, van, truck, industrial, construction and agricultural sectors.

ATS Euromaster expects to train over 1,500 technicians a year in these courses and other technical related subjects.

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About ATS Euromaster

ATS Euromaster is part of the Euromaster Group, which operates in fifteen European countries with 10,700 employees in more than 1,800 service centres. Established in the UK since 1961, ATS Euromaster has 368 service centres (comprising a mixture of retail, comprehensive and truck sites), approximately 1,000 mobile service vans and employs 2,680 people, providing national coverage of the UK.  It is the largest comprehensive tyre distributor supplying tyres for everything from cars and vans to trucks, coaches, forklifts, agricultural tractors and even construction plant.  In 2010 ATS Euromaster became the first national tyre expert to be accredited by both SAFEContractor and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS).  The company’s technicians are amongst the most highly trained in the fast-fit industry, offering a comprehensive range of products and services including tyres, fleet inspections, nitrogen inflation, brakes, batteries, shock absorbers, oil, exhausts, fault diagnostics, air-conditioning servicing and MOT testing.  Further information is available from www.atseuromaster.co.uk

Note to editor: For press information please contact James Keeler on 020 8647 4467.

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Birmingham-based ATS Euromaster Ltd, part of the Euromaster Group, was established in 1965 and operates approximately 340 centres, more than 820 service vans and employs nearly 2,600 people, providing coverage across Great Britain. It is the country’s largest comprehensive tyre distributor, supplying tyres for cars, vans, trucks, buses/coaches, materials handling equipment, agricultural machinery and construction plant. The company’s expertise also extends to car and van service, maintenance and repair (SMR), including: menu-driven servicing, Class IV & Class VII MoT tests, brakes, batteries, shock absorbers, oil, exhausts, fault diagnostics and air-conditioning servicing. ATS Euromaster is accredited by both safecontractor and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS) and has been granted a Royal Warrant as tyre specialists to Her Majesty The Queen. It is also an official ‘industry partner’ to the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence programme. For further information visit: http://www.atseuromaster.co.uk/business

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The IMI courses allow our training to be 100 per cent focused around our direct needs.
Stan Rudowski, Group Head of Health, Safety and Technical Services at ATS Euromaster