The first REPXPERT Academy LIVE of 2023 took place at New City College Ardleigh Green campus in Hornchurch Saturday 4th February, and proved to be another success for the delegates, Schaeffler’s technical training team and the special guests at the event.
After an introduction from the hosting team of Schaeffler’s James Mainwaring, Michelle Barratt from the IMI plus Chris Roper and David Ford of New City College, the delegate groups headed off for the four different training sessions on offer. Schaeffler’s two sessions featured two industry legends – with Nigel Mepham presenting an introduction to double clutch servicing and repairs, and INA specialist Tim Adams discussing common belt system installation issues and how to avoid them.
The other two classes featured Pico Technologies delivering a workshop mini-masterclass on its world-leading oscilloscope system, plus award-winning workshop owner Tim Benson presenting a business best practice session entitled ‘The power of selection’, sharing the processes and systems he uses in the day-to-day running of a successful independent garage.
During the coffee and lunch breaks, delegates were able to spend time networking in the workshop hub as well as talking to garage service specialists including Laser tools, Garage Services Online, TechMan, The IMI and garagesnear.me.
Schaeffler Marketing & Communication Manager, Jeff Earl said: “This was the first time we’ve taken the REPXPERT Academy LIVE roadshow to the London area, and we were rewarded with a great audience of high-quality garage owners and professional technicians keen to engage with the team and enhance their skills, so we consider the event to have been a resounding success.”
Event host, Schaeffler Territory Manager and REPXPERT James Mainwaring added: “You never know how well each event will be received, which is why we constantly review the material we present and look to include interesting new information and the latest best practice advice. Everyone attending, from the Hornchurch area and beyond, had a huge appetite to increase their knowledge and understanding of the systems we presented, which was fantastic.”
The Academy LIVE roadshow will be back later in the year, and other Schaeffler training initiatives include the return of our popular Zoom-based ‘Tea-Break Training’ sessions on Wednesday 1st March, plus three scheduled IMI approved two-day double clutch training events – the first of which kicks off at the Tool Connection training centre in Southam on the 26th & 27th April.
To learn more about Schaeffler REPXPERT Academy LIVE, plus all the other training opportunities mentioned in this article, please visit www.repxpert.co.uk