3 September 2015

The automotive department of Central College Nottingham has become the latest to sign up to [pro]Tech plus, the advanced technical training programme by ZF Services UK.

[pro]Tech plus is a higher level programme, offering students access to in-depth technical information and expert support. Additionally, ZF Services UK offer on-site visits by a Technical Support Engineer, a technical support hotline, access to technical bulletins and product information, installation instructions and a dedicated [pro]Tech Garage Scheme Developer.

Matt Shakespeare, Technical Sales Manager, ZF Services UK, said Central College Nottingham was a welcome addition to the growing [pro]Tech network.

“As a major employer also in Nottingham and working in the automotive and other sectors, ZF Services UK is keen to encourage and support young people seeking a future as vehicle technicians,” he said.

“[pro]Tech plus is the higher level programme that ZF offers. By signing up the college this has created the opportunity for course tutors and students to attend our specialised training modules as well as gaining access to detailed technical information about ZF products and extensive additional practical support.”

As well as offering courses from entry level to master technician, the College operates its own newly-opened garage on London Road in Nottingham, Auto Central, which is run by students and open to the public.

Davy Yates, Curriculum Manager Automotive, for the college’s School of Technology, said:

“Demand for places from students looking to become mechanics and technicians continues to be extremely strong.

“Utilising [pro]Tech plus gives us a valuable mechanism for educating the students about ZF brands and products and how to install them.

“If parts are correctly fitted that goes a long way to reducing the risk of warranty returns, which is important when running a successful garage business.”

Davy also said the Auto Central workshop was performing well with other garages in Nottingham often sending customers there. An MOT bay is to be installed over the coming months, which will add another element to the training.

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