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AM: People Skills conference

Access to funding for training your staff is one of the hot topics for discussion at this year’s AM ‘People Skills’ Conference in St Albans, on September 17.

Allan Tyrer, finance director of event sponsors the Institute Of The Motor Industry, will highlight some of the major funding opportunities available to help businesses develop their staff, through initiatives such as Train to Gain and Women & Work.

John Fogarty, the MD of PAR Training will present a case study that reveals how Surrey-based dealer group Wilsons successfully implemented a sales competency programme with Train To Gain funding. “We linked the six-month programme to the funding that was available and were able to considerably subsidise the cost of it”, says John.

The conference also includes a session on ‘funding and training demystified’, moderated by Christopher Macgowan, former head of both the SMMT ad RMIF.

“In recent years, our industry has made huge strides in training and development", says Christopher. “No longer is training something we feel rather grudgingly we ought to do and the development of our people is now seen as absolutely crucial to success.

“Despite that, the training world tends to use its own bespoke language – and government funding schemes are not the easiest to follow. This session is the ‘Plain English Directory’ on all matters training and funding”.

The ‘People Skills’ conference is the only event of its kind where motor retailers and HR specialists working in the industry can step back from their business for a day, debate hot topics and gain some new ideas for improving performance. It is chaired by Sarah Sillars, the IMI’s Chief Executive.

Other participants include Sytner Group’s Head Of HR, Melvin Rogers; Nationwide Autocentres’ CEO Duncan Wilkes; and Phoenix Car Company MD John McGuire.

The AM People Skills conference will be held on September 17, 2008, at Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

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