Automotive technology firm iVendi has launched an internal training programme, designed to enhance the company’s service offering.
The company explained that the training initiative could be divided into concept and technology modules. The technology modules are designed to skill the technical employees appropriately, with a focus on data analysis. The concept modules are designed to create greater awareness across the company, such as data security.
Mike Horsley, senior software engineer, said: “This is very much designed to ensure that we have the right competencies to satisfy the needs of dealers and other customers going forward while also providing a means for our people to develop the skills that they want to attain.
“So, for example, we have taken on a lot of new coders recently and want to provide them with a defined training programme over the next 18 months that creates the right skills base alongside an understanding of how that fits within our business.
“However, we are also open to people within the company bringing us ideas for training and supporting them through the development of those courses. Happily, this is something that is already happening. There is a lot of enthusiasm.”
Richard Tavernor, chief operating officer at iVendi, said: “As a company, we have grown substantially over the last couple of years and now have something close to 100 employees. This has meant that we needed to adopt a much more corporate and formalised approach to training but we also wanted something that was very much reflective of our company culture.
“We believe that the Incubator is the right answer. It provides a flexible but non-prescriptive approach to learning for everyone across the business.”
In June, iVendi published research suggesting that new car pricing is one of the barriers to the market making some form of recovery. With list and invoice prices often 15-25% apart, even for retail buyers, it is often next to impossible for the public to know what a good deal looks like, according to James Tew, chief executive officer.
“At a point in time when consumer confidence is taking a bit of a battering, the confusion that surrounds list prices is a further barrier for potential new car buyers who are already feeling unsure about being in the market at all,” he said.