Sin Ming Autocity might have earned its place in automotive history after hosting the event that saw the Singapore Motor Workshop Association (SMWA) announce several of its most important projects for the oncoming decade.
Standing in the new SMWA Training Academy, SMWA President Mike Keh highlighted three concerns that would challenge workshops in Singapore in the near future – dealing with the potential influx of Electric Vehicles (EVs), training and certifying existing technicians, and raising workshop standards through the adoption of a new and regulated Singapore Standard.
Officially opened by Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs Mr. Chee Hong Tat (who also serves as advisor to SMWA), the SMWA Training Academy is supported by Workforce Singapore, JTC Corporation and Enterprise Singapore. While they try to combat potential problems on Singapore roads, another important function of the academy is upgrading the skillsets of existing technicians to meet a professional standard.
The new Singapore Standard 662 (SS662) “Code of Practice for Automotive Workshops” will reduce uncertainty in consumers and the SMWA will be working hard for it – Besides ensuring the standards of local workshops, the SMWA has set the target of training 1000 technicians over 36 months.
The framework of SS662 will be established collaboratively by the SMWA and the Automobile Association Singapore of Singapore (AAS). To that end, the two parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a move that will also bring about a long-term working relationship that could lead to a higher standard among workshops in the country.
The new AAS-SMWA Workshop Certification will include a revisitation of safety standards, professionalism and service that would eventually set the benchmark as the industry’s best practices.