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Master Mechanic Supports College of Trades
Thursday, 18 April 2013 17:16

New College Will Support Tradespeople, Industry and Protect Consumers
TORONTO, April 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Master Mechanic, an industry leader in the automotive service sector, is throwing its support behind the new Ontario College of Trades. Master Mechanic, Professional Auto Service, operates 39 automotive repair service centres across southern Ontario, employing approximately 155 Automotive Service Technicians (310S) and 310S apprentices.
"The sooner we weed out the unqualified, unprofessional, and undereducated individuals operating and competing against us, the better. The College will help us do this and strengthen consumer confidence in our industry.  That's just good business for all of us," says Jamie Holmes, Vice President of Master Mechanic.
Master Mechanic supports the College, a system of self-regulation that is responsive to industry needs and does not burden taxpayers. "There is a long list of self-regulating professions in Ontario, and we reject the opponents' perception of trade work as a 'second-class job' and the implication that tradespeople should not be able to self-regulate, says Holmes."
The Ontario College of Trades is a new industry body similar to the structures in place for teachers, nurses, travel agents and 45 other professions, with provisions for consumer complaints and appropriate remedies.
Master Mechanic is a Canadian-controlled private corporation established in 1982 as a franchisor in the after-market automotive repair and maintenance business. The company today has 39 franchise locations throughout southern Ontario and has developed a strong reputation for quality service in the industry.
"The best part about self-regulation is that the people overseeing the organization are those working in the trenches on a daily basis.  They get it.  They know the issues and what the industry needs better than any government bureaucrat."
—Jamie Holmes, VP Master Mechanic
"Many consumers today are in desperate search for an auto repair/maintenance facility that can provide a level of trust in their mechanic to the same extent as a doctor or dentist -- this is the relationship Master Mechanic works very hard to create. The College will bring much needed standards, enforcement and consumer protection to our industry."
—Jamie Holmes, VP Master Mechanic
•    The College represents trades in four sectors: construction, industrial, motive power and services.
•    Automotive Service Technicians are one of 10 motive trades that are part of the College.
•    Master Mechanic technicians' will be listed on the College's new Public Register.
•    Visit www.mastermechanic.ca
•    Visit www.collegeoftrades.ca
SOURCE: Master Mechanic
For further information:
Jamie Holmes
Vice President, Master Mechanic
905-820-2552 x 205

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