The move comes after demand for the firm’s training courses reportedly became too much for the existing facilities to cope with.
Opened by the Duke of York, the new multi-million pound centre is located in Uxbridge, Middlesex – not far away from its previous premises in Denham, Buckinghamshire.
The last centre was oversubscribed, Bosch admit, saying that the new, larger premises will help them train 4,500 vehicle technicians a year.
The 2,000 square meter site has a mixture of classroom and workshop areas, and quadruples the capacity of the old facilities. What’s more, Bosch say that training courses can also be delivered via the internet – thanks to the training centre’s ‘webinar’ facilities.
As well as providing candidates with technical skills required for working in the industry, the facility also focusses on customer service. Bosch say this ensures that those who deal with Bosch-trained technicians ‘are dealing with the most skilled and trusted people to look after their cars’.
The service training centre makes up part of Bosch’s garage service facilities, which include equipment, software and training – forming a vital part of Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket division. The new training facilities allow both independent and franchised garages access to the latest technology courses.
‘We are delighted to be opening this new facility in Uxbridge,’ said Robin Shaw, divisional director of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, ‘and are proud to be expanding both Bosch’s footprint in the local area and its training offering to the UK automotive aftermarket sector.’