The Irish Tyre Industry Association launched the new 2019 Tyre Technician Training Development Programme to raise the standard of tyre technicians and providing best in class service to all consumers. This programme is the first nationally recognised licence designed to demonstrate their competency. Naas Tyres are very proud of our local man Adam Richardson is the first in Kildare for graduating with an excellent result after the hands-on technical course over many months.
The ITIA has teamed up with Athlone Training Centre to deliver the Tyre Technician Training Development Programme (TTTDP). The Athlone Training Centre is part of the Longford Westmeath Education Training Board and is committed to delivering an extensive range of training courses to its clients. This programme receives partial funding from Skills to Advance, which is a new policy framework supporting working lives and enterprise growth in Ireland from SOLAS.
The Athlone Training Centre has a fully equipped motor area, excellent training classrooms, conference facilities and canteen services for all attendees. As the training centre already delivers training for motor mechanics, the expertise in this area will be used to deliver most of the modules. Unique to this programme is that it will be supplemented by guest lectures from motor industry specialists and experts in the areas of road safety, H&S and legislation. The current REACT (Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Tyres) training which is jointly accredited by ITIA and UK counterparts NTDA will also be included in the programme. This will provide specific comprehensive training to ensure our tyre fitters and repairers keep safe in carrying out their work on our motorways.
Throughout the programme technicians will build up a portfolio of certificates which will lead to an ITIA Approved Tyre Technician certificate in association with Athlone Training Centre. This qualification will also be recognised in the UK by NTDA providing all technicians with transferrable skills.
Nass Tyres and the ITIA are committed to raising the standard of those working in the industry by developing comprehensive professional development programmes for all levels of participants in the industry. This programme will be a significant contributing factor to this as it will deliver expert technicians both for our customers, companies and the industry as a whole.