GT Motive have announced they will be supporting Thatcham Research’s VDA Apprenticeship Programme to provide apprentices with unrestricted access to their estimating platform.
Thatcham Research launched it’s new VDA Apprenticeship Programme in 2021. The programme provides students a blended approach to learning the craft; both practical training and self-served learning using digital platforms and assignments.
From September 2022, GT Motive will offer all students on Thatcham’s VDA Programme access to their award-winning estimating platform without any financial implications, for the entirety of their Thatcham VDA course.
Executive Director of GT Motive, David Vella Said “It’s really important to bring new talent into the repair industry and we are proud to do our little bit to support it. Thatcham’s new apprenticeship training is a brilliant programme and we’re thrilled to be able to provide these new repairers with the tools to enter the industry with valuable skills and experience. These students are the future of this industry, there’s nothing more important than supporting that.”
The students will have access to the estimating system, but not the platform’s VinQuery tool, to encourage the apprentices to research the vehicles and provide the correct specification of the vehicle and produce an accurate estimation.
Dean Lander, Head of Repair Sector Services at Thatcham Research said “Access to GT Motives estimating platform will benefit students and their employers in many ways. None more so than ensuring all students have access to estimating software for workplace study. Through this offer GT Motive have been able to remove any cost burden for employers, therefore focusing purely on the learner’s education.”
The repair industry is currently facing a national ‘skill shortage’. The sector was hit hard by the Covid-19 Pandemic, many faced large-scale redundancies and according to Insurance Times, 48% of bodyshops suspended training during this time.
In April 2022 job vacancies within the automotive sector had risen by 40%, as bodyshops struggle to recover and fill skill gaps within their diminishing teams.
This support for Thatcham Research’s VDA apprenticeship programme via the industries Best Estimating System Award winner for two years in a row, GT Motive, will ensure that new, emerging talent will be highly skilled when entering the industry in order to fill roles and support the repair and growth of the industry.