Ireland is just one of many European countries suffering from a shortage of trained mechanics. The Automobile Association is addressing the skills deficit this week with the opening of the AA Ireland Academy in Dublin, which will train AA Apprentices, part-qualified mechanics or those working in the motor industry to become AA Ireland Patrols, thanks to a new partnership with renowned and respected UK firm Autotech Training. The AA looks to create around 50 new roles by creating new AA Apprentices and Patrol Assists, who can train to become qualified AA Patrols as well as upskill its existing Patrols in specialist areas such as Electric vehicles.
The AA Training Academy powered by Autotech Training will offer IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) approved Electric / Hybrid vehicle and technical training courses. The full suite of training courses is provided through the AA Training Academy. Autotech Training, founded in 2016 by Autotech Group, helps minimise the impact of the automotive industry skills gap.
"We are delighted to be working in partnership with the AA to deliver training and support services through the AA Training Academy – Powered by Autotech Training," said Simon King, Managing Director of Autotech Group.
"This joint initiative will support the AA's mission to upskill its patrol network and help alleviate the skills shortage in the wider automotive aftermarket. This alliance, built upon our excellent reputation for delivering the most up-to-date training available in the market, brings the strength of both brands together. Our experienced trainers are fully proficient and flexible in their training delivery."
AA Ireland's Chief Operations Officer, Simon Benson, says the new Academy aims to raise Technical standards and support the need for trained mechanics. "There was no point in us lamenting the lack of technicians here in Ireland without first trying to do something to solve the problem directly, and that is the aim of the AA Training Academy and why we partnered with Autotech to help us deliver this programme. We want to create new jobs as The AA expands its roadside operations, but we cannot do this without the requisite skills, and this Academy will address this.
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