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Motofix signs up to Thatcham Research ecademy and EV Ready training
Motofix signs up to Thatcham Research ecademy and EV Ready training

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Motofix charging up for technology changes with ecademy from Thatcham Research

  • Continuous Professional development for a workforce of more than 200 staff secured with access to online repair training through Thatcham Research’s ecademy
  • Thatcham Research underpins the next three years of Motofix’s learning and development strategy, encompassing technical and non-technical teams
  • Programme incorporates vital Electric Vehicle training in preparation to become ‘EV Ready’

Motofix Group, one of the UK’s leading independent regional vehicle accident repair and bodyshop groups, has guaranteed the ongoing professional development of its workforce by expanding its relationship with Thatcham Research.

Motofix is a long-standing Thatcham Research client for repair data, training, and apprenticeships. The relationship has recently been expanded, and now provides Motofix with access to ecademy - Thatcham Research’s online learning management system - for the next three years.

In addition, following the successful deployment of blended learning programmes for its apprentices via the Thatcham Research Automotive Academy, Motofix has recently extended this to include its entire workforce. Included within the package is vital EV awareness and skills training for all Motofix staff via Thatcham Research’s pioneering EV Ready programme.

Dean Lander, head of repair sector services, Thatcham Research comments: “The guiding principle of ensuring safe and efficient vehicle repair is very much at the heart of both businesses. As such, we are proud to expand our relationship with Motofix, an organisation that prioritises professional growth not only for skilled technicians but also the wider business, ensuring that all staff have easy access to knowledge development tools and can stay in touch with ever-evolving vehicle repair dynamics.”

Included in the ecademy package is a knowledge assessment tool, designed to support a training needs analysis programme, with a view to Motofix establishing a structured personal development plan for each member of the technical team.

All 200 plus employees will be supported through individual 24/7 access to ecademy, along with personalised learning plans and the provision of ongoing insights into the technology changes affecting their working environment.

Motofix Chairman, Richard Tutt adds: “ecademy is the perfect solution for developing the technical knowledge and awareness of changing vehicle technology. This is essential for all our site teams, especially around ADAS and HEV, whether they are technicians or non-technical members of the team and we are delighted to be working with Thatcham Research on this new learning opportunity.

“The ecademy virtual training solution provides a significant financial benefit for Motofix, not only in terms of driving travel and accommodation cost-savings but also because our teams can remain on location and blend their learning with their day-to-day business responsibilities.”

Motofix has also added its name to the growing list of businesses that are getting ‘EV Ready’ with Thatcham Research. As repair businesses continue to report rapidly increasing volumes of Electric Vehicles in the market, the course content addresses key EV competences including battery technology identification, health and safety, working voltages and equipment, vehicle design, component requirements and repair.

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