Repair Era: Polyvance to host free virtual training on plastic repair techniques

Rainsville, Alabama — As parts shortages rage on and growing length-of-rentals, Polyvance will be hosting a free virtual seminar on May 26 at 11 a.m. ET, to be focused on the ins and outs of plastic repair. The broadcast will cover topics like: Benefits of textured plastic repair The process of textured plastic repair A […]

Perfect Scores and More: Autobody students rock Skills Alberta Post-Secondary Provincials

Edmonton, Alberta ⁠— Post-secondary autobody repair students faced off last week at Skills Alberta’s Post-Secondary Provincial Skills Competition, where only one could be awarded the title of Alberta’s greatest young autobody repairer or automotive refinisher. The competition took place May 4 and 5, where contestants spent six hours each day demonstrating their skills at six […]

Open for Applications: Tropicana 2022 Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship accepting participants

Toronto, Ontario — Tropicana Community Centre is accepting participants for its 2022 Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship L-1 program, a program designed to deliver students with a basic understanding of autobody repair and arms them for apprenticeship on the production floor. Funded by the Government of Ontario, Tropicana’s tuition-free Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship program includes six weeks of […]

Top Trainer: Amir Farrokh appointed new chairman of Skills/Compétences Canada auto repair committee

Blainville, Quebec — Skills/Compétences Canada’s (SCC) National Technical Committee for Autobody Repair has appointed Amir Farrokh as the committee’s new chairman. A technical trainer at  Fix Network’s training centre in Blainville, Que., Farrokh will be tasked with developing a testing framework for identifying talented autobody students and apprentices in provincial skills competitions before they go […]

OYAP, Bud: Ontario gov. increases funding for youth apprenticeship program

Whitby, Ontario — Contending with a skilled trades gap that isn’t getting any smaller, the Ontario government has announced that they will be expanding the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). This expansion will see an additional $2.9 million in funding for OYAP, bringing the government’s total investment in the program to $20 million. Currently, OYAP […]

For the Future: Canadian Apprenticeship Forum to update 2009 study on ROI in apprenticeship

Victoria, British Columbia ⁠— British Columbians and skilled trades employers will soon learn more about the economic value of apprenticeships, thanks to a study funded by the B.C. government and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA).  In 2006 and 2009, CAF-FCA conducted two national studies to calculate the economic return on training investment for skilled trades […]

Big Picture Coatings: PPG launches training courses for commercial vehicle paint techs

Strongsville, Ohio — PPG has launched online training for commercial vehicle paint technicians, according to a press release from the coatings company. Part of the PPG Knowledge College fold, the new courses include product overviews, spray session instructions, and tips and tricks for achieving the best possible finish. “The PPG Knowledge College system represents a […]

Free Tuition: Spanesi Interactive Week kicks off today

Naperville, Illinois ⁠— Spanesi Americas is kicking off its Interactive Week today, which will see the company host daily virtual education sessions for the collision repair industry. Free to attend, Spanesi Americas says its Interactive Week is structured to appeal to all roles within today’s modern collision repair facility. This year’s agenda features special guests […]

Stay in School: L’Expert Carrossier Rive-Sud provides $5K in scholarships to local students

Saint-Romuald, Quebec — When the pandemic hit and management at L’Expert Carrossier Rive-Sud heard that many post-secondary students were being forced to abandon their studies, the collision centre south of Quebec City stepped up to lend some assistance. Through a collaboration between the shop and a local radio station, L’Expert Carrossier Rive-Sud was able to […]

Eyes on the Future: Mercedes-Benz announces interactive remote support via HoloLens headset, coming to certified collision centres in 2022

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— Imagine a world where repair solutions appear before your very eyes. Seems like a dream, right? Well, Mercedes-Benz Canada has announced the implementation of a training solution that offers just that. According to Mercedes-Benz, the new Mercedes-Benz Virtual Remote Support program allows technicians⁠ to wear the HoloLens 2 headset⁠—a wireless, ‘holographic’ display […]