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Thatcham Research enjoys success at Bodyshop Live awards

Press release   •   May 06, 2021 11:05 BST

Courtney and Tom Bodyshop Live 30 Under 30 Rising Stars winners
  • Two employees are named among ‘30 under 30: Rising stars in the sector’
  • Thatcham Research Automotive Academy is also shortlisted for top industry honour
  • Academy is recognised for delivery of world-class apprentice training

Thatcham Research, the Berkshire-based research centre that is the trusted independent voice of automotive safety, security and repair, has celebrated success in the ’30 under 30’ and ‘Educator of the Year’ categories at the annual Bodyshop Live awards event.

Two Thatcham Research colleagues, Courtney Goodall and Tom Leggett, were officially recognised at the online awards ceremony held on Thursday, 29 April, as they were named among the ’30 under 30: Rising stars in the sector’.

Courtney is a former apprentice who is now the Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) trainer at Thatcham Research’s Automotive Academy, while Tom is a talented 28-year-old who has worked as a crash engineer at Thatcham Research for the last five years, specialising in Euro NCAP testing and assessments.

Dean Lander, Head of Repair Sector Services, said: “It’s great to see Courtney and Tom included on this list. Both are exceptionally gifted young men and are forging successful careers for themselves in an industry where they can really make a difference to vehicle safety and repair. We’re proud to count them both as colleagues.”

Bodyshop Live recognises the top performers in the automotive collision repair industry, with Thatcham Research also featuring on the list of finalists for ‘Educator of the Year’ – an award that honours training providers who are excelling at generating the skills base vital to safeguard the future of the industry.

“To be shortlisted for the ‘Educator of the Year’ award is an honour,” Dean Lander said. “We’re incredibly proud of the work we do to train the new talent coming into our industry and it’s satisfying to see our efforts recognised by those at the heart of our sector.”

Training the technicians of the future

Thatcham Research operates its world-class Automotive Academy at its headquarters on Colthorp Way, Thatcham. This facility gives upcoming vehicle repair technicians the skills they need to understand and fix the automated, connected and electrification technology that is becoming increasingly common on vehicles.

Results to be proud of

More than 1500 apprentices have graduated from the Automotive Academy since it was opened in 2004 and it has held Ofsted’s ‘good’ rating for the last five years.

It also boasts a 92% student achievement rate and could continue delivering its training during lockdown by successfully switching to an online learning platform – ensuring its 155 apprentices were able to continue their education without disruption.

ENDS

Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety, security & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’, while driving standards in vehicle security.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research develops repair methods amongst a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

In addition, Thatcham Research has administered the Association of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Rating system for the past 50 years. Group Rating is an advisory system intended to provide insurers with the relative risk of private cars and light commercial vehicles.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.