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£500,000 investment in upskilling UK workforce

By autotech-nath on April 6, 2024

Ten new LKQ Academy training centres are set to open across the UK to help workshops upskill technicians. Two are already open, with a new site in Glasgow and a revamped centre at its Tamworth T1 base. LKQ will open a new site in Manchester this month and will reveal a further three sites in the South of England later this year, with four more opening in 2025.

Five new trainers have been recruited so far, alongside Andy Savva, pictured right, who will deliver advice on how workshops can help to improve their operations, customer service and profitability. The new sites add to its existing centres in Sunderland and Bristol, complementing 26 external sites – creating a total capacity of 11,000 seats on 80 different courses.

Courses range from delivering the skills needed to service electric vehicles to helping support staff become more adept at handling customers’ technical queries.

Lee Chapman, head of support, said: “We’re creating true UK-wide coverage for the LKQ Academy, making our industry-leading, in-person training accessible to most of the country’s professionals in a two-hour drive or less.

“We invest all proceeds from the LKQ Academy back into our training, which means all our courses are part-funded to provide great value for customers. It’s the right thing to do to help the aftermarket ecosystem to succeed. If garages and bodyshops have the right skills to prosper, LKQ prospers with them.”

Garages and workshops can complete a free skills assessment, providing a comprehensive overview of where and how they can develop their skills.

Courses can be accessed individually, with individual memberships starting from £999, with workshop memberships from £1,299. The courses are fully accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). https://lkqacademy.co.uk/

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