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Jardine Motors technicians achieve industry accreditation
Article Type: Notes and news From: Industrial and Commercial Training, Volume 43, Issue 3
Eighteen technicians from the Jardine Motor Group have received national recognition for their skills.
The technicians have all achieved the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) standard ranging from service-maintenance technician to master technician level. Two of the achievers are Mini technicians and the first from the manufacturer to become accredited in the UK.
The technicians achieved their accreditation after passing a series of practical skill and knowledge tests at the BMW Group Academy and all have signed up to a professional code of honest conduct. They join more than 25,000 registered people across the UK who have achieved the standard and carry ATA photo-ID cards.
Kim Raw, senior franchise after-sales manager at Jardine Motors, said: “Along with the BMW Group we continually support all our technicians to gain accreditation and recognition and I am delighted that all 18 of our technicians at Scotthall Leeds BMW have now achieved the industry standard. One of my goals over the next two years is to get all our franchise’s technicians ATA registered.”
Steve Nash, after-sales director for BMW Group UK and Institute of the Motor Industry president, said: “The BMW Group continues to have a strong link with the ATA programme as over 50 per cent of all BMW technicians are now ATA accredited at various levels. All our apprentices take the ATA assessment as part of their advanced modern apprenticeship and, having supported the scheme since the pilot phase in 2005, we now have the first ATA technicians returning for reaccreditation.”
ATA is a national, voluntary assessment scheme in the automotive sector that proves individual competence. It is open to franchised and independent garage technicians and the scheme is backed by all major vehicle manufacturers and independent service and repair organizations, as well as consumer groups including Which?
The Institute of the Motor Industry is the professional association for people working in the retail motor industry, the Government-licensed Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the automotive retail industry and the governing body of the ATA and AMA schemes.