Axalta has opened its online training platforms around the world to provide refinish training organisations and institutes with free access, saying that many vehicle painting students are no longer able to receive hands-on training in their courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company says it has always been an advocate of the power of hands-on training when it comes to encouraging apprentices to pursue their career in refinishing. While it prefers students to attend training at an Axalta training centre, the free access to the online training platforms are meant to bridge the gap in their learning until it becomes possible again.
Interactive virtual training courses are available for Axalta customers in each of the regions the company serves, including the US, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia Pacific. In Australia, the platforms offered are Mikey for Standox, MyTraining for Spies Hecker and E-CTC for Cromax. Students will be able to access modules including Safety in the Workplace, Surface Preparation, Plastic Part Preparation and Repair, High-Performance Substrates, Colours and Colour Tools, Refinish Repair Process and Application Defects. All aspects of colour training in these modules are based on the company’s latest waterborne technologies.
“Our aim with students has always been to show these talented young people that they can have a rewarding career in auto repair and refinish,” says Paul Polverino, National Training Manager at Axalta. “Even though we are unable to support them in a face-to-face capacity, we have been able to find an alternate solution and we can provide support in an online environment. Students also earn two I-CAR points after the successful completion of all modules, which is a great incentive to get involved in this initiative.”
Axalta is offering the free access only for the next two months, so anyone who is interested is encouraged to contact Polverino on 0412 485 390 or to email [email protected].