3M provides ‘quality assured’ training to Just Car Clinics
10 February 2011
Diversified technology company 3M has joined forces with leading national collision repair centre chain Just Car Clinics to provide accredited training for Just Car Clinics’ team of bodyshop technicians.
Technical staff from 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division are now regular visitors to Just Car Clinic’s national training centre at Goole in East Yorkshire where they are providing QAA (Quality Assured Awards) accredited training in panel bonding and plastic repair.
QAA training is endorsed by the Industry Sector Skills Council and IMI Awards and is regarded very highly within the automotive refinish industry and by organisations including the British Standards Institute. Accredited training such as QAA training is also contributory to achievement of the PAS125 standard for bodyshops.
The one-day courses cater for up to six individuals at a time and consist of practical and classroom based elements, both with a measured outcome. They are led by one of 3M’s technical assessors, Gary Rudd, a Senior ATA (Automotive Technician Accreditation) panel and paint technician and registered ATA assessor, who is also responsible, along with colleague Andrew Barber, for a variety of other training programmes across the six key elements of the repair process.
3M has a further eight members of its sales and support team who are ATA accredited Technicians, two of them at senior level, with all the team holding QAA accreditation. 3M is also a registered ATA Assessment Centre.
To date more than 160 Just Car Clinics employees have attended 3M-run courses at Goole, with all new panel technicians required to take the courses. Just Car Clinics runs 25 collision repair centres across England from Durham in the north to Swindon in the south.
Dawn Swales, HR and Training Manager at Just Car Clinics, explained: “We are a long-standing 3M customer and have worked on various training initiatives with the company over many years. Previously training was being run by 3M at individual Just Car Clinics locations, but having the training centralised at Goole and run by the 3M team provides a uniform approach and ensures a consistency of approach. It is also contributing significantly to enhanced efficiency within our bodyshops through better use of materials and reduced waste.”
Jason Stephens, Key Account Manager - 3M Automotive Aftermarket, added: “This is another example of how 3M goes beyond the supply of products to offer training which not only helps bodyshops reach nationally accredited standards but boost their efficiency and so their competitiveness.”
For further information visit www.3Mbodyshop.co.uk.
Pictured: 3M Technical Assessor Gary Rudd (left) presents a QAA certificate to Chris McGowan of Just Car Clinics