Wellington tyre fitter Jake Brindley is about to complete a prestigious programme initiated by Michelin that provides training and teaches technical awareness to technicians. The initiative is designed to enable fitters to give car owners the best advice when buying tyres and the best service. Jake (23) joined only 10 fitters nationwide selected for the programme which he will complete in November.
The course which began earlier this year involves 4 sessions – of two days – in specialist state-of-the-art workshops at Michelin’s Training Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. He has been introduced to advanced fitting and technical skills needed in the industry as well as learning about the latest tyre technology. Jake has also visited Michelin’s factory in Dundee which manufactures over 7,000,000 car tyres each year for export all over the world to find out more about the latest developments in tyre construction.
He said, “I’ve learned a lot about both fitting and tyre structure. I have a much better understanding now of tyres, how they’re made and the skills needed to fit them properly.”
Jake has worked for Bridge Tyres and Wheels on Tonedale Industrial Estate for 4 years. His name was put forward for the course by his manager, Shane Kallaway. Shane said, “I think the course has given Jake a lot of information which means he can now offer our customers much better advice about their tyres, as well as improving his skills as a fitter.”