Line-Up Announced for Automotive Training Webinar

The line-up has now been announced for the upcoming webinar, to be held on Tuesday March 30th at 11am. The webinar will discuss the new normal for training within the UK aftermarket in 2021 and beyond. Supported by Bosch and AutoCare.

This webinar has now taken place. You can watch a recording HERE

While the pandemic has applied the brakes on business operations in many ways, it hasn’t stopped the acceleration of new technologies in the Automotive Sector, and therefore the need for training and upskilling for our garage and workshop staff.

However, lockdowns and social distancing measures have had a severe impact on traditional training courses and methods, both for training providers and the technicians in need of training. The expert panel will discuss;

  • The impact of the pandemic on workshop training
  • How can workshops access training in 2021
  • What will be the ‘new normal’ for training beyond the pandemic
  • What are the training priorities for workshops (electrification, ADAS, other)
  • Business guidance for workshops on how to plan and access training for staff, now and in the future

Tom Denton: Automotive Author

We’re delighted to welcome the renowned automotive author, Tom Denton, to join our panel.

Tom has been researching and writing best-selling automotive textbooks for over 25 years. His published work is endorsed by all leading professional organisations and used by automotive students across the world. Tom is also an Associate Lecturer for the Open University, a Fellow of the IMI and Member of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Kevin Kelly: Sales Director for UK & Ireland, Bosch

Also joining the panel, we’re thrilled to welcome Kevin Kelly, Bosch Sales Director.

A household name around the world, Bosch provide a complete range of diagnostic and workshop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. With over 30 years in the industry, Kevin has been a Sales Director for Bosch for over a decade, and brings extensive industry insight to the panel.

Phil Weller: United Aftermarket Network Ltd

Next to join us is Phil Weller, Network Manager for United Garage Services.

United Garage Services is the garage support programme available to independent workshops exclusively through the UAN trading group.  They have 130 garages live on the network and offer network members training courses in marketing support, lead generation, technical help as well as a host of other support tools.

Phil has worked for the company for 16 years, firstly with AutoCare and GROUPAUTO before moving to the UAN in 2017 to launch their garage support programme United Garage Services.

Maria McCullough: AutoCare

Joining the expert panel, we’re honoured to welcome AutoCare Garage Network Manager, Maria McCullough.

Maria has been with GROUPAUTO for 37 years in total, and 18 years ago she launched the AutoCare garage programme in the UK. Starting from scratch and building it to the tremendous 845 garages currently on board.

In February 2020, AutoCare won best garage concept at the CAT awards.

In addition, Maria is also the manager for approved garages and Top Truck in the UK.

James Dillon: Technical Topics

James Dillon is an EV, hybrid & ADAS specialist technical trainer, who regularly writes and presents technical articles for automotive aftermarket magazines, blogs and vlogs. With over two decades of experience in training, James combines the theoretical with the practical knowledge to bring a rounded and knowledgeable perspective to the panel.



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