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Aftermarket Training Centre: Stay ahead through knowledge

Fit for the vehicle of the future: Continental restructures Aftermarket Training Centre.
A wide range of training courses on everything to do with networked vehicles is now available to motor vehicle repair facilities.

Frankfurt/Main, 2 December 2009. Motor vehicle repair facilities that want to survive in an increasingly competitive environment need qualified employees. However, qualification is not about high school diplomas in this case – it is about taking part in regular training courses. The Aftermarket Training Centre of Continental offers a wide range of courses for this purpose, helping motor vehicle repair facilities to keep up with developments in automotive technology. In combination with the Technical Service Division, Continental puts independent repair facilities in a position to carry out all kinds of vehicle repairs, even those of a complicated nature.

“Knowledge is the best head start that we can give our partners to ensure that their day-to-day business is successful. We do not just sell spare parts, we offer solutions to the increasingly tough challenges faced by those in the motor vehicle repair sector,” says Bert C. Lembens, who has been in charge of the Aftermarket Training Centre since this summer.

Fit for the vehicle of the future
With the restructuring of the Aftermarket Training Centre, topics covering the application areas of VDO products have been added to the range of tried-and-tested ATE training courses, extending the range significantly. “We are bundling the expertise from the ATE and VDO brands together and making it available to the repair market in a targeted manner – our products are safety-relevant and we cannot allow gaps to develop in anyone's knowledge,” explains Lembens, adding: “With the extended range of training courses, we are able to bring the employees of independent repair facilities up to date with the networked vehicle systems of the future.”

The aftermarket training courses of Continental are practically orientated and feature a modular structure. They are held in the modern Training Centre located in Eschborn, Germany. Furthermore, the flexible team of trainers is also able to offer training courses on site anywhere in the world.

Practically oriented expertise and services
With the Aftermarket Technical Service Division, Continental provides an additional range of services to support independent repair facilities in their daily operations along with its range of training courses. “Technical information and data are an important part of the work of independent repair facilities, allowing them to carry out even complicated repairs in combination with the right training courses,” says Frank Schmidt, Head of the Aftermarket Technical Service Division. The Aftermarket Service is very closely linked to the Training Centre and comprises a technical hotline as well as tools and technical documentation departments.

The increasing complexity of vehicle systems is a major challenge for all motor vehicle repair facilities. With the reorganization of the Aftermarket Training Centre, Continental is now set up to cover all of the relevant areas and, in combination with the Aftermarket Technical Service Division, is in a position to provide motor vehicle repair facilities with comprehensive support for the technical challenges of the future.



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