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Training is failing refinish industry

Refinish training is failing to meet repairers' needs, according to a survey by PPG. It found that 64% of bodyshops were not satisfied by the courses currently on offer. Half now largely disregarded training, despite accepting the benefits.

Bill McGroarty, PPG training manager, said: “The need to invest in training has never been greater, particularly with the recent changes to VOC legislation. It is vital that we keep standards high and employers focus on training to maintain the specialised knowledge and skills required.”

Ninety-five per cent of bodyshops felt there was a major skills shortage in the refinish sector, with 70% convinced that greater investment was essential.

PPG has launched Directions 21 in a bid to address the problem. The training scheme provides a structured programme for paint technicians and bodyshop managers, offering everything from environmental awareness to advanced repair techniques.

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