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Bodyshop Training Academy: CRASH services aims to “plug Northern Ireland skills gap” with new Newry centre

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Northern Ireland’s ‘best in class’ accident management company, CRASH Services, has announced a major investment as it aims to open a new vehicle Bodyshop Training Academy in Newry in Autumn 2021.

 

Plans were recently drafted and submitted for the Bodyshop Training Academy by local Architect David Maxwell, which will be based in Greenbank, Newry.

The new facility comes amid an escalating shortage of skilled and expert body shop workers.

 

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The planning application is expected to be approved in Spring 2021.

 

The planning application is expected to be approved in Spring 2021.

Bodyshop Training Academy will open for enrollment in September 2021.

CRASH Services say the facility will open for enrollment in September 2021 for new apprentices and courses aimed at upskilling existing members of the industry.

CRASH has moved to the forefront of promoting rewarding career opportunities in body repair and enjoys a close relationship in the industry with independent repairers and the Northern Ireland Bodyshop Alliance (NIBA).

The company already runs a hugely successful Body Shop Apprentice Scholarship to attract more apprentices to the local car body repair industry.

 

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Jonathan McKeown, CEO at CRASH Services, says it will help promote the independent industry as an attractive career path for young people.

“Widely acknowledged skills shortage in Northern Ireland.”

“There is a widely acknowledged skills shortage for body shop repairers; not just in Northern Ireland, but also in GB and Ireland.

“It’s an industry that needs support to continue to provide its highly technical and essential services,” Jonathan says.

 

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The new Bodyshop Training Academy will be based at Greenbank in Newry.

 

He continues, “The premises will be based at the former site of Duffy Accident Repairs in Newry.

“PJ Duffy is a well-known and highly valued member of the local vehicle repair fraternity and his retirement from it came at a time when we were looking to see how we could support NIBA achieve its objectives.

“They recently launched a TV ad campaign to promote its members and we see our assistance with a training scheme as another way to increase the public’s awareness of what the industry does.

 

 

New Bodyshop Training Academy “great for young people and those thinking of switching careers”.

“We are really excited about our Bodyshop Academy, and we think it’ll be a great way for both young people and those thinking of switching careers to enter a challenging environment where their talents will be recognised,” he adds.

The Newry-based centre is expected to provide Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) accreditations for Vehicle Damage Assessors (VDA), Panel, Paint and Mechanical Electrical Trim (MET) Technicians.

 

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Trainees at the academy will enjoy a fully equipped centre with modern facilities.

 

The academy will also provide up-to-date training for experienced independent body shop repairers too, Jonathan explains.

“Through this initiative, we will raise the profile of independent vehicle repairers and their employees and ensure they are equipped with the qualifications, skills and experience to compete with the high-volume insurer controlled body shops.

“This will set the independent network apart as they will have the skill set necessary to fix the sort of high value, complex repairs required for modern vehicles which are probably more difficult to repair than an Airbus or Boeing jetliner,” he adds.

 

 

New Bodyshop Training Academy to deliver “apprenticeship standards in all vehicle repair disciplines”.

The academy also aims to offer and deliver apprenticeship standards in all vehicle repair disciplines, including Electric and Hybrid qualifications in line with government plans and initiatives.

 

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The Newry Bodyshop Training Academy will have welding booths, a spray room, classrooms, car lifts, and a canteen for apprentices.

 

Explaining the vision for the new building, Architect David Maxwell says, “We’re delighted to be working with CRASH Services once again.

“Trainees at the academy will enjoy a fully equipped centre with modern facilities to cater to practical and classroom-based education.

“It will have welding booths, a spray room, classrooms, car lifts, and a canteen for apprentices to learn and thrive in an environment unlike any other in the country,” David adds.

Discussions have already taken place between representatives of CRASH and the Southern Regional College aimed at ensuring complimentary educational outcomes can be achieved by both institutions.

To find out more about CRASH Services visit crashservices.com.

For more information on NIBA see NIBodyshop.com.

 

 

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