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If you can see a problem looming in the collision repair business, and one of the largest of these is employable skills levels, the trade has to re-awaken efforts on apprentice training, and upskilling in general. A recent national survey suggests that as few as 750 qualified and registered spraypainters and panelbeaters make up the total to service over 3 500 registered concerns.

Imperial Technical Training Academy (ITTA) operates on a national basis and offer five major apprentice trade opportunities. The company have invested heavily in both equipment and buying the most up-to-date training modules from the US for the academy to turn out proficient top tradesmen. This is carried out with highly experienced instructors and qualified technicians who are able to supply a one-on-one practical and theoretical coaching and training, which includes aptitude assessments, if necessary.

ITTA qualifications are aimed at the entry level students who have attained a matric with maths and science, with a minimum 50% pass rate on standard grade.

Courses cover heavy duty vehicle repair, diesel, BMT, Auto-Electrical, Forklift CBMT Training as well as spraypainting and panelbeating.

A recent endorsement has been received from the Collision Repair Association of South Africa (CRA) who will now work much closer with ITTA to grow the delegate enrolment of apprentices and the training awareness produced by the academy.

Steve Kessel, operations manager for CRA says that ITTA have a very professional approach. CRA have a shared desire to produce solutions for tomorrow with their fully accredited Merseta courses. These will help bolster the number of skilled workers for the years ahead in the area of tailor-made and trained top personnel for the body shop repair business.