The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has launched a new training academy, designed to train, develop and upskill new and existing people working within the automotive aftermarket.

The academy will evolve substantially when the new IAAF website goes live later this year, but IAAF has moved quickly to implement and promote initiatives and courses that support its growing membership.

From virtual to practical training, the IAAF Academy will cover all areas of an automotive aftermarket business, helping companies and their teams learn and familiarise themselves with new technology and legislation, while also enhancing personal development skills.

A key focus of the Academy will be engaging with schools, colleges and universities, working closely also with School of Thought. IAAF has set up partnerships with Heart of Worcestershire College, West Notts College, and East Coast College as it looks to provided education settings with a deeper look into the workings of the trade.

West Notts College, with the support of IAAF member HGV Direct, has successfully set up a Parts Advisor Apprenticeship for Car and CV motor factors and IAAF Academy will be working to promote the apprenticeship to all members.

Meanwhile, IAAF Academy will be assisting East Coast College with guest speakers from its membership of automotive suppliers and arranging site visits to aftermarket businesses.

Mark Field, IAAF Chief Executive, said: ā€œIā€™m really excited by the potential of IAAF Academy. It will open the industry up to not only new entrants as we support their integration into the industry but, educate, train and support existing people and businesses as we continue to raise standards throughout the distribution aftermarket.ā€