ECP’s latest IMI approved centre in Avonmouth has been up and running for nine months now and when we visit, a Bosch steering & suspension course is taking place in one corner of the workshop, a group are undergoing an MOT tester course, an ADAS calibration presentation is running in one of the bays and a hybrid course is due to run over the following two days. ECP plans to have ten such training centres open to all by the end of 2018, with sites in Sunderland and Norwich opening by Christmas. These will provide a whole range of courses from DVSA MOT tester training and Level 3 accreditation right through to brand specific training from the likes of ZF and TRW and over 2,000 candidate days each year with Bosch.
Euro Academy training courses cover mechanical, electrical, electronic and diagnostics fault-finding and repair over the entire vehicle, providing a structured training programme that spans all ability levels from Basic to Master Technician.
“We’re here to make sure the independent motor trade’s in the game for the long haul, to help them future- proof their business,” says Marketing Director Bill Stimson. Bill explains: “We are in a lucky position, where we can invest substantial amounts into training and delivering technical support to help them stay in business.
“The aftermarket has always been great at overcoming problems, from the very first time the service warning light came on BMWs, it wasn’t long before the aftermarket was able to deal with that and turn it off properly and responsibly. We need to make sure the trade is fit for purpose, for any challenge that comes this way in the future.”
TRAINING OPEN TO ALL
“We give preferential rates to our Autofirst network customers or those who sign up to the Euro Academy scheme, but the courses are open to absolutely anybody. The vision is to open more and more centres similar to Avonmouth – we have Sunderland and Norwich underway now, and we have four further locations. We want to get the facilities close to the customers, recognising they don’t want to spend days traveling to and from London- based centres.”
Working with its partner Grup Eina, it provides a pathway of training courses, ideally taken in progression, which cover the basics across a vehicle’s systems up to complex diagnostics, including Fuel injection, Air conditioning and F-Gas refrigerant handling, DPFs and additive systems, Introduction to clutch and hydraulic systems, Essential test procedures and Hybrid & EV systems.
The two-day Hybrid safety and awareness course includes both a practical and theoretical component, exploring a hybrid’s main components and how to work on these vehicles safely. The course uses a second- generation Toyota Prius and examines the operation of the high voltage system, including the Hybrid motors, high and low voltage batteries, inverter, and the vehicle’s braking system utilising regenerative braking.
The course gives technicians confidence in braking and engine servicing, how to safely and efficiently diagnose faults, as well as how the charging system and air conditioning works.
Euro Academy is a technical information resource, that’s like “having a factory-trained master technician in your workshop”, says Euro Car Parts. Members can:
- Use a helpline anytime they need it to get wiring diagrams and assistance from master techs over the phone
- Access a diagnostics database and reference library
- Reduced rates on its IMI Quality Assured training courses
- Unlimited access to online Technician Assessments
- Tailored technician training plans
Three levels of Euro Academy Membership are available to purchase within ECP branches by annual subscription, paid monthly in instalments.
The two-day course will run on the following dates: