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First independent centre opens its doors for ATA autoglazing assessments

Post Time:Aug 22,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:419

Chelmsford-based Essex Glass and Windscreens has become the first approved independent assessment centre to offer Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) in autoglazing for the independent windscreen industry, following approval from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), which regulates the scheme.

Owned and run by Leon and Maria Charlton who have worked within the independent windscreen market for over 15 years, Essex Glass and Windscreens has opened its doors to independent autoglaziers who are seeking industry recognition of their technical competence. Similar to other ATA routes, technicians are required to pass a series of practical assessments and an on-line test to achieve accreditation.
Commented Maria Charlton: "Essex Glass and Windscreens believes strongly in the independent windscreen market and we feel honoured in being given the opportunity to support the implementation of the ATA standard in autoglazing throughout the independent market across the country."
"Today's windscreens, with solar reflective glass, integrated rain and light sensors, built-in heated filaments and even head up display (HUD) systems have become known as 'smart glass.' Therefore autoglazing technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of how complex windscreens work and interact with the rest of the vehicle."
Ian Gillgrass, the IMI's Workforce Development Manager, said: "The speed at which our industry is evolving has shown the importance of technicians demonstrating current competence, underpinned by their commitment to an ethical code of conduct. ATA has generated significant momentum across the industry and the IMI is delighted that Essex Glass and Windscreens is actively supporting the initiative within its own market."
James Hall, an autoglazing technician and ATA Assessor who works for Essex Glass and Windscreens said: "I feel extremely privileged to be involved with Essex Glass and Windscreens both as a company and in their support for the development of standards within the glazing industry. As a technician who is proud of my profession, I believe the ATA standard will help to achieve the recognition we as autoglazing technicians deserve."
With over 10,500 registered automotive technicians across the UK, the IMI has recently launched a consumer campaign, 'You know you're OK with ATA', to help motorists find their nearest business which employs ATA registered technicians. You can search on-line at

About The Institute of the Motor Industry
The IMI is the professional association for individuals working in the retail motor industry and the Sector Skills Council for the automotive sector, part of the Skills for Business network. It is also the governing body for the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme, which has over 10,000 registered technicians.

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