'...a wealth of technical knowledge and hands on experience with the very latest tools and equipment.'


The largest training facility of its kind in the UK, Thatcham’s Automotive Academy is widely recognised as a leading provider of skills training and accreditation to the motor repair and insurance industries. Uniquely positioned as the only training provider supported by a fully operational Repair Technology Centre, delegates at Thatcham benefit from access to the very latest equipment, vehicles and in-depth knowledge of the latest repair techniques and thinking.

Thatcham offers a variety of training and IMI Accreditation (formerly known as ATA) which underpins industry standards such as PAS125/BS10125. Our training and assessment focuses on the traditional repair disciplines of Paint, Panel, M.E.T. (Mechanical, Electrical, Trim) and Vehicle Damage Assessment (VDA), whilst we also offer specialist training on the latest technologies like Carbon Fibre and High Voltage vehicles. What’s more, being backed by a research centre means the academy’s training programme consistently leads the field in reflecting current industry initiatives, such as the recent development of a suite of sustainable repair training techniques.

All Thatcham programmes are practical and provide a wealth of hands on experience with the very latest tools and equipment courtesy of the close working relationships Thatcham has developed with suppliers and manufacturers of equipment, tools, paint, adhesives and other repair materials.

All this, combined with an extremely knowledgable and highly experienced training instructor team, allows delegates to stay ahead of the advances in the repair field as well as benefitting from a deliberately high ratio of instructors to delegates to provide that personal training experience.

Thatcham are the preferred supplier of body training for many UK vehicle manufacturers and have won several motor industry training awards, including becoming one of the first organisations in the region to be awarded the Training Excellence stamp in 2011. The Training Excellence Stamp represents those organisations that are committed to delivering the highest of training standards, but also provide immeasurable service to their customer needs. In achieving this mark of excellence, Thatcham have demonstrated their capability to deliver and sustain high performance now and into the future.

It’s not just experienced technicians who can benefit from Thatcham’s truly multi-franchise training experience. The Thatcham Apprentice Academy is a dedicated centre, providing a head start to those at the very start of their career through focused apprenticeships in Panel, Paint, M.E.T, VDA and Customer Services. Employing a block release system, Thatcham ensures that young technicians return to their employer with useable skills after each 2 week block, producing a rapidly productive technician and culminating with an Advanced Apprenticeship within just 2 years.

Crash repair in the UK is an industry which handles nearly 5 million repairs annually. By choosing Thatcham for these essential apprentice training programmes, employers, parents and ambitious young people can be assured that we will provide a training environment to ensure the best possible start to a career in this exciting and ever changing sector.