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3,000 accredited to Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) standard

Ainsley McEwan, proprietor of McEwan's Garage in Derby, has become the 3,000th individual to achieve the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) standard.

Mr McEwan, who has been in the motor industry for thirty years, achieved his accreditation at the highest level of ATA Master. Launched in 2005, the ATA scheme is governed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

To mark the milestone for the programme, Alan Mackrill, director of learning and skills at the IMI, presented Mr McEwan with a bottle of champagne. Regional branch manager of Snap-on Tools, Steve Rowe, presented Mr McEwan with a 'Solus' diagnostic tool.

Alan Mackrill said: "This further milestone is great news for the scheme, underlining the industry's desire to recognise the importance and value of current competence and ethical behaviour.

"By gaining Master Technician status at a national level, Ainsley has shown that he is among the elite of vehicle technicians and this sends a clear message of expertise and integrity to his customers. It's tremendous too that major industry brands such as Snap-on are actively promoting the benefits of getting involved."

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