Four staff at a Lancashire business are among the first people in the country to qualify from a national course designed to train people to the highest level and beyond, for their job.
The quartet all work as technicians at Volkswagen Van Centre Lancashire and are on course to achieving the highest IMI (Industry of Motor Industry) qualifications for their professions.
It’s all part of a wider initiative by the van centre, on Millennium Road in Fulwood, to ensure all its staffs are trained to the above and beyond the highest level required for their roles.
Steve Moore, from Grimsargh, Steve Butterworth and Anthony Gardner, both from Ashton, Preston and Damian Cronshaw, from Longridge have over 75 years’ experience between them and all qualified for the first of three levels within the space of a few weeks.
“We’re passionate about training and developing our staff so they deliver the best service possible to our customers,” said head of business, Paul Hoinville.
“Next year we hope to have all our staff either trained or on a course to attain the qualifications above the requirement for their particular jobs.
“I’m delighted that we already have four senior staff in the workshop on the way to doing this and I know it’s acting as an incentive for all other staff to pass their relevant courses too.
“As a local business it’s vital we invest in our staff and provide people in the local area with employment that can deliver them a long and successful career.”
Steve Moore, added: “I’m really pleased to be one of the first people in the country to pass this qualification in the Volkswagen Van Centre network.
“I really enjoy working at Volkswagen Van Centre Lancashire and it’s great to know that my colleagues have also achieved this status.
“The support we’ve all had from the van centre during the course has been excellent and it’s nice to be able to celebrate as a team.”