The Garage Inspector: Business training incorporated into college course
In a first for automotive training, Lincoln College is to begin incorporating The Garage Inspector business courses from Andy Savva into its automotive training programme, in order to help bring through the next generation of garage owners.
Andy has been building a relationship with the Lincolnshire-based institution for the last few years. A result of this, the College’s delivery of the IMI Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Engineering Studies and the Level 4 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles will from September 2021 cover business topics from Andy’s training programmes, designed specifically for garages. These will include finance, marketing, management and customer relations.
Pete Jackson, Automotive Engineering Learning & Skills Lead at Lincoln College, observed: “We were working with Andy, discussing ideas. Resulting from this collaboration, we are now including his business courses within the two Level 4 courses. Learners on the course will cover the technical side of course, but crucially will also do Andy’s sessions on the business side.”
Commenting on the development, Andy said: “There’s been nothing like this before. It’s the first of its kind in the UK, where a college is incorporating my training.
“There is no formal business training specifically for the automotive sector. Obviously there is some generic training, but there is nothing centred around what we do. I am really pleased by the way Lincoln College has looked at the vision, pushed it to get it through and incorporated it next year as part of the learning. I’m really excited about it.”
Andy added: “Lincoln College will be the first to do this, hopefully but not the last.”
On the technical side, the course will also soon set to cover a wider range of technical aspects including ADAS and electric and hybrid vehicles.
Lincoln College will be offering places on the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Engineering Studies and the Level 4 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles from September 2021. For more information, visit https://www.lincolncollege.ac.uk/courses/diploma-in-vehicle-maintenance-and-repair-principles-level-4/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COMING SOON: There will be a full write-up on the link up between The Garage Inspector and Lincoln College in the February issue of Aftermarket