Napierville, Illinois -- January 15, 2014 -- Spanesi has announced Touch Training Week, a special event taking place February 4 and 5 at the Spanesi Corporate Center located just outside of Chicago in Napierville, Illinois. There is no charge to attend.
Toronto, Ontario -- January 14, 2014 -- Collision repair industry practicioners are running out of time to submit their comments on proposed revisions to the Apprenticeship Training Standards for the automotive industry.
Collision repair industry professionals who have yet to provide their feedback have until Jan. 17, 2014 to weigh in on the drafted update to the Apprenticeship Training Standards.
In May 2013 a working committee was established composed of industry professionals holding a Red Seal certificate, who are currently practicing, are industry leaders in training and represent all provincial geographic areas, and are inclusive of small, medium and large organizations.
The committee rewrote and revised the pre-existing Apprenticeship Training Standards document, a document unchanged since 2003, and have since circulated the revised draft version among industry professionals to obtain feedback on updating the fundamental standards for working apprentices in the collision industry.
The document was deemed to be in need of additional review to ensure any changes were validated by the industry and its practicioners in order to make sure the needs of both apprentices and the industry are reflected.
If you are interested in reviewing or commenting on the drafted review of the Apprenticeship Training Standards prior to Jan. 17, please contact Franca Silvaggio at the Ontario College of Trades at 647-847-3060 for more information.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- January 14, 2014 -- I-CAR is promoting how structural technicians can benefit from updates to its instructor-led Structural Straightening Steel (SSS01) course that addresses how to correctly approach structural straightening repairs.
The increased use of high-strength steels and other new materials are changing the way to correctly approach these repairs, which means technicians need to rethink what was once believed to be true. This course covers key repair topics and provides technicians with information that will help keep the repair and equipment safe. Proper stress-relieving techniques, positioning of pulling attachments and how to locate anchoring points are just a few of the key topics covered in this course for Steel Structural Technician.
“Updates in this course will prepare repairers to think like Steel Structural Technicians. Gone are the days when most structural parts can be repaired with straightening. New vehicles and new materials create the need to shift thinking and approach repairs differently,” says Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum and Product Development.
Course updates also include increased classroom activities, new HD-quality videos, improved graphics and methods for straightening common types of full-frame damage. Anyone who has previously taken the course will automatically have online access to the updated course materials today. This three credit hour course meets training requirements for Steel Structural Technicians in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program(PDP).
For more information on I-CAR, or to register for I_CAR courses, please visit I-CAR.ca.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- January 6, 2014 -- State Farm is teaming with I-CAR and exclusively inviting all of its Select Service repairers to participate in I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certification program throughout 2014.
Leesburg, Virgina -- January 02, 2014 -- The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) is seeking individuals who demonstrate a desire to excel in the field of collision repair for its 2014 scholarship program. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- December 9, 2013 -- I-CAR has announced a $2.6 million partnership with IBM Kenexa to design a new content management system(CMS) that will streamline and improve the development, delivery and quality of collision repair training across the United States.
I-CAR launched its new training system on Dec. 9, with the debut of its all-new Introduction to Carbon Fiber Online course. An additional 40 courses, spanning all I-CAR training delivery methods, will follow shortly on Dec. 16. All future courses will be developed and delivered in this training system, and the entire I-CAR curriculum of over 100 courses will be updated and enhanced by the end of 2015.
To express the significance of this investment, consider a comparison: LCMS is to I-CAR what CAD (computer-aided design systems) has been to the automotive industry. This new training system simplifies management of curriculum content and will significantly reduce the time needed to develop or update courses, allowing I-CAR to bring more relevant training to the industry at a much faster rate. Benefits will be evident across all I-CAR delivery platforms, improving not only the learning experience for students, but also improving the delivery tools available for instructors nationwide.
Bringing new and updated courses to the industry more quickly is only a fragment of the improvements the industry will experience. I-CAR will enhance all of its delivery platforms; self-study online, instructor-led classroom, instructor led virtual training, as well as the in-shop welding training series will merge with the ability to:
• Improve student learning comprehension and retention
• Enhance the quality of class content with HD-quality videos and improved interactivity
• Offer modern educational features such as more intuitive online navigation
• Provide an online reference library that will make class materials readily available to students 24/7, replacing the need to rely on and store CD-ROMs as reference material. The reference library also includes automatic, real-time course updates through personalized myI-CAR training accounts, so once the class is taken, the student will always have access to the most recently updated material for reference.
The undertaking of this new training system has been over two years in the making, and is in response to changing needs within the industry.
“Vehicle manufacturers continue to launch a growing number of new models and technologies and I-CAR is keeping pace to support the evolving training needs of the industry,” says John Van Alstyne, I-CAR CEO & president. “Over the coming three-years, we expect to see over 200 new or re-engineered vehicles launched in the U.S.. That’s a lot of change for the industry to absorb. By enhancing our training development and delivery, I-CAR is better poised to arm the industry with the knowledge and skills needed, doing so at the speed of change, to address the technical tsunami that is sweeping our industry.”
For more information on I-CAR, please visit them online I-CAR.com.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- December 16, 2013 -- Enrollment is now open for the latest in I-CAR’s new vehicle technology training series, Vehicle Technology and Trends 2014 (NEW14). This highly anticipated course utilizes HD-quality videos and activities designed to enhance learning, bringing the excitement of the auto shows to the classroom and offering students a preview of the latest trends expected to impact the collision repair industry.