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Technicians get a helping hand

31st january 2013
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THE FREIGHT Transport Association (FTA), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) have established a working group to create a career path for UK transport technicians.

With Euro-6 engines becoming the law for all new CVs from the end of 2013, the proper training and assessment of technicians is vital.

"Formal and consistent career pathways for CV technicians have not been available [for 15 years]. Many of the colleges that supported this sector no longer offer CV or PSV courses, so many attend training more suitable for car workshops," said Lawrie Alford, FTA head of manufacturers and industry suppliers. "Most manufacturers provide good apprenticeship programmes and technician training, but they all have different approaches," he added.

To tackle this, FTA, IMechE and IRTE will consult with industry this year with the aim of producing an industry-agreed technical syllabus that is not only relevant to industry needs, but which prepares technicians and technical managers for future advances in technology.

A Technician Professional Development Conference will take place on 17 April in Westminster. "The event will look at how we value technicians, recognise their importance, and what we need to do to attract the right school-leavers to join our industry," added Alford.

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