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RMIF President opens new BCA Training Academy

Fred Maguire, President of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) officially opened British Car Auctions' new Training Academy at Preston earlier this month.

Joined by British Car Auctions (BCA) UK MD Andrew Hulme, he unveiled a plaque declaring the centre well and truly open and commented, "BCA have a strong heritage in training and development and this is reflected in the high levels of service the company delivers at every level of its business. The company has a reputation for handling itself in a highly professional manner and this is the foundation on which its considerable success has been built."

BCA UK MD Andrew Hulme added "I would like to thank Fred Maguire for taking the time to be with us today. It's a great honour for us that he could join us to declare our Training Academy officially open."

Mr Maguire also enjoyed a brief tour of the Training Academy, spending time with BCA staff undergoing IT training.

Based at the Preston Auction centre, the existing infrastructure has been completely redeveloped for the exclusive use of the Training Academy, complete with the latest state-of-the-art technology to assist in the training process.

The new Academy holds a number of one day and semi-residential courses with an emphasis on information technology and PC skills, alongside other disciplines.

There are six individual training rooms, reception and ‘break-away' area, fully equipped with the latest technology.

The main Class Room is fully equipped with a PC terminal and screen on every desk and the tutor uses an interactive whiteboard. The Meeting Room is set out in Boardroom style and also has an interactive whiteboard and terminal points for each student to access the BCA wide-area network. A further two fully-equipped training rooms offer first class facilities for smaller groups. There is also a ‘break-out' area for small groups to study in and a fully functioning cashier's office to help make cashier training more focused.

Training is delivered to the highest standards and BCA has appointed Peter Mack as the dedicated Training Academy Manager with responsibility for running the centre.

Mack commented "With the increase in technology-based services within BCA, there is an ongoing need to give our staff the best quality training so they can make the most of the opportunities that arise. With this dedicated Centre, we can deliver a high-quality training and learning environment for our most important asset - our staff."

BCA now delivers the majority of its training programmes at the Preston Training Academy, while still keeping the opportunity for distance learning where appropriate.

As Mack explains this gives students a much more focused learning experience. "While we have excellent facilities throughout the network that can be used for training, we find that having a dedicated facility brings many more benefits to the learning experience.

"Where we have staff - particularly auction management people - participating in a course at their work location, there are always other calls on their time. Break sessions are used to deal with any operational issues, which obviously interferes with their concentration on the training activities and might mean they won't get the best from the course. At the Academy we are self-contained and students are cut-off from the day-to-day work distractions."

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