Digital training proving popular for technicians during downtime

Online platforms see increased numbers accessing training as mechanics take up opportunity to boost skills

Digital training proving popular for technicians during downtime

Industry training providers are reporting a significant increase in the number of technicians accessing online training content during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown.

While some garages are opting for temporary workshop closure, others are remaining open to service the needs of key workers and the emergency services.

Whatever decision your garage has taken, it’s likely all technicians are finding themselves with time to fill and many are taking the opportunity to brush up on their knowledge.

Digital training provider, Our Virtual Academy is one of the platforms that’s reported a significant increase in website traffic from main dealers, independent garages and garage networks.

Ben Stockton, founder of Our Virtual Academy, has shared essential tips and advice on GW for users that may be new to online learning.

Related: Our Virtual Academy shares tips for online learning

GS Yuasa Academy, an online battery training platform, is also proving to be a popular resource.

Featuring over 20 certified courses tailored to different job roles, the academy is a hit with technicians, distributors and educational institutes alike.

Jon Pritchard, general sales and marketing manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK, said: “Results of a recent survey of workshop technicians highlighted a real need for comprehensive training.

“Worryingly, 62 per cent of participants asked did not know what battery state of charge and state of health were, and 52 per cent were unaware of the reasons battery failure is more common in the winter.

“These results highlighted some concerning knowledge gaps, replicating what we often see at our workshop training events.”

GS Yuasa Academy has also become the first battery training program to provide training accredited by the leading independent Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation institution.

Users of the online training platform can claim CPD points and prove to employers and professional bodies that they have kept their skills and knowledge up to date with industry standards.

Elsewhere, the REPXPERT online portal is another valued learning platform and is free for users to register.

REPXPERT is the solution for all things technical regarding Schaeffler’s original equipment LuK clutch, INA tensioner and FAG wheel bearings brands, plus Ruville engine and suspension components.

A dedicated ‘learn’ category offers technicians the ability to improve their product knowledge with downloadable training and technical content as well as ‘how-to’ videos.

A REPXPERT app can also be downloaded for free for all Apple iOS and Android devices.

Garage Wire will be sharing a series of its fitting videos over the next few weeks.

A REPXPERT spokesperson told GW: “During this challenging period for technicians, Schaeffler is more dedicated than ever in ensuring those fitting either its LuK, INA or FAG products have all the tools they need to complete a professional repair; therefore, the original equipment manufacturer and supplier will be sharing its bespoke videos with Garage Wire.”

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