TORO and LELY win praise for new Training Scheme for Technicians
Toro and its distributor Lely have won praise for their enlightened attitude towards training the next generation of service technicians.
The accolade came after Writtle College opened its doors to the first intake of Toro apprentice service technicians aiming to qualify as groundscare machinery maintenance professionals under a ground-breaking new training scheme.
Brian Cairns, skills development manager at Writtle, who is co-ordinating the project, said: "Lely has been very forward-thinking in its approach to the lack of skills in this industry."
The scheme was developed in conjunction with Writtle by distributor Lely and Toro. It will provide Toro dealer personnel with technical training courses at Writtle and three other colleges, Elmwood, Myerscough and Greenmount.
"Our aim is to build on the students' practical expertise on a wide variety of professional machinery, not just Toro's, said Brian. "We have a fully-equipped workshop here, and the programme also incorporates a number of visits to manufacturers in the area, plus off-site training days."
Tom Anderton, a service engineer at Toro dealer Arun Mowers, in West Sussex, is a student on the scheme. He said: "The course is brilliant because we are getting hands-on training on a wide range of different machinery. The manufacturer training is also very good. When Toro came down for a day it was a real eye-opener. It's giving me everything I need for the future."
Student service technicians, staff and Toro personnel pictured at Writtle College.
Toro commercial turf maintenance products are distributed throughout the mainland UK by Lely (UK) Limited, St Neots, Cambs. (tel: 01480 226800), and in all of Ireland by Lely Ireland Limited, Kilboggin, Nurney, Co. Kildare (tel: 00 353 (0)45 526170).