Shannon, Aaron and James Become ATA Qualified Technicians

Three technicians at Bowker Motorrad have achieved ATA (Automotive Technician Accreditation) accreditation for BMW motorcycles.

23-year-old Shannon Barton-Constable, who joined the Preston Docks dealership in January 2019, has had an impressive year. Not only has she become qualified as an MOT tester, but she has also qualified as an ATA qualified BMW Technician. 24-year-old Aaron Garth and 29-year-old James Spencer have also qualified as BMW ATA Technicians at the same assessment.

ATA is a national voluntary scheme that tests individual skills in the retail automotive industry. It also appraises commitment to an ethical code of conduct. The accreditation recognises and benchmarks each applicant’s technical knowledge and competence.

“I’m excited to have achieved the ATA qualification,” said Shannon. “It is still early in my career, but I already appreciate the importance of industry qualifications. Each new certification builds my confidence and customers’ confidence in me too!”

ATA accreditation is valid for three years. The process ensures that individuals keep pace with vehicle technology and ever-advancing repair methods.

Richard Rawlings, aftersales manager at Bowker Motorrad, said: “Shannon, Aaron and James have shown real dedication and commitment to their roles at Bowker Motorrad. We’re proud to support their professional development and congratulate them on their achievement. They are a great example to anyone interested in a technical career regarding how you can progress with hard work and focus.”

In 2021, whilst at Preston College, Shannon negotiated a deal to donate a 1250cc BMW engine to the college’s motorcycle engineering department. Usually recycled or broken up for parts, the engine will allow over 90 automotive engineering students to apply their learning practically every year.

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