Alexander Dennis (ADL) is marking National Apprenticeship Week by announcing developments to its AD24 Training Academy courses for apprentices.
The developments “reflect the evolving industry” and aim to close a widening skills gap. ADL says training will continually be developed to incorporate new technologies and vehicles, including battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell-electric buses, as well as diesel drivelines.
The apprentice training course aims to upskill apprentices on electric systems used on modern buses. It also teaches apprentices how to electronically troubleshoot vehicles using multi-meters and diagnostic tools. AD24 (which encompasses all of ADL’s aftermarket offer to customers, including spare parts, mobile technicians, service and training) encourages classroom training both at ADL’s facilities in Farnborough, or on-site at trainees’ locations.
Tony Davis, Group Aftermarket Director at Alexander Dennis, says: “The advancements in vehicles and automotive technology will only continue to develop so we need the next generation of vehicle technicians and engineers to be trained effectively.
“While mechanical components still form the backbone running gear on a bus, even on diesel buses most mechanical components are now controlled using CAN lines, ECUs and multiplex systems. Our approach is to teach the skills create a good technician, rather than just a mechanic.
“Apprentices are key to the success of this generation and National Apprenticeship Week serves as a reminder of a great route into the industry where you can become highly qualified.”
Any operator can use the AD24 Training Academy to provide apprentices and other employees with external training. Courses are fully approved by the Institute of the Motor Industry.