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Team effort earns ATA major industry accolade

The retail motor industry’s Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) initiative has scooped its first honour. ATA won the Training Award at the 2006 AM Awards, in the most hotly contested of the 17 award categories, highlighting the importance of training in the sector.

In front of an audience of more than 1,000 industry executives who attended the prestigious annual event at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, Sarah Sillars, chief executive of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), which governs the ATA scheme, collected the special trophy from Patricia Richards, chief executive, Automotive Skills, which sponsored the Training Award.

Launched in June 2005, ATA is the UK’s first national benchmark standard of current technical competence for light vehicle technicians, which was developed over three years by an industry-wide steering group, spear-headed by the IMI. ATA is actively supported by all major vehicle manufacturers and the UK’s largest service and repair organisations.

In receiving the tribute, Sarah Sillars was quick to praise those from across the whole industry who had contributed to the implementation of ATA:

“For ATA to be recognised in this way is a tremendous testament to the team effort that went into making Automotive Technician Accreditation a reality. With more than 1,000 technicians already accredited and a further 700 who have registered their participation so far, this initiative has galvanised the sector into seeing the value of recognising proven current competence which is linked to a robust code of ethical behaviour.”

Continued Ms Sillars:

“Everyone who has been involved in ATA each owns a piece of this magnificent award. This recognition will help significantly in our collective efforts to encourage businesses and technicians to take part, as well as the continuing development of accreditation models for other disciplines in the industry.”

Full details of Automotive Technician Accreditation are on-line at www.automotivetechnician.org.uk

or by telephoning a member of the ATA support team on 01992 511521.