SOE extends workshop accreditation assessments

Transport Training Services (TTS), S&B Automotive Academy, Manchester College and Blyth Equipment all have qualified auditors available for Workshop Accreditation (WA) assessments.

SOE has responded to demand from industry by training regional assessors to deliver full audits of workshops. In doing so, assessments can be booked and enacted quickly after IRTE identified locations in four areas throughout the UK.

Such is the reliance on road transport for the economy in Ireland – north and south – a network of IRTE regional centres have been established to offer guidance and advice for engineering professionals. Now, industry professionals in the region can underpin their credentials through IRTE accreditation.

Operators and workshops in the east of England can now get local accreditation from Blyth Equipment, based in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. New centre assessor Michael Grant of Blyth Equipment believes that by making the audits more easily available, standards will continue to rise across the country.

Tutor at Manchester College, and irtec and WA assessor, Nigel Powley, said, ‘Many of the dealerships are booking accreditations because they know it can help qualify for the DVSA Earned Recognition scheme. With the introduction and success of the irtec licence, it means organisations are now looking inward, at how they are operating.’

In the west of England, S&B Automotive has qualified assessors ready to travel from its Bristol base. S&B CEO Phil Marsh said, ‘S&B are very proud to be able to offer the Work Shop Accreditation in partnership with the SOE. Workshop Accreditation gives quality assurance to operators, so their customers can be confident of their maintenance provision.’