History

Riverpark Training was formed in June 2008 after the collapse of Carter and Carter NI, who had purchased the established training provider Blackwater House. Colin Hagan Training Manager with both Carter & Carter and Blackwater House decided to form his own company Riverpark Training and Development Ltd, and progress some 96 apprentices caught up in the collapse. Colin formed a sub-contract with Belfast Metropolitan College and worked un-salaried for 8 months to ensure the students were not disadvantaged and they gained the qualifications they had been working towards. This process was greatly assisted by Castlereagh College who provided lecturing and admin staff to assist this progression.


Tutors

Colin Hagan (Body Repair and Vehicle Fitting) has been involved in Body Repair and Refinish apprenticeship training for the last 10 years, he was a former foreman with Isaac Agnew Accident Repair and has 25 years industry experience specialising in BMW, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, Audi and Volkswagen. He has trained 2 competitors for World Skills achieving Gold and Bronze and has had 5 UK Skills champions.
David Frizell (Vehicle Refinish) initially trained as body repair then switched to vehicle refinishing; he gained his qualifications through Clanrye College then progressed to work in Bryansford Coachworks and Charles Hurst ARC where he regularly refinished Masaratti, Ferrari and Aston Martin. David selected and trained a competitor for the 2009 UK Skills who eventually won the heat.


Present

Riverpark Training and Development is the only training provider in Northern Ireland that trains solely for the Crash Repair side of the Motor Industry, concentrating on what employers need and the career development of our young people. We match people to employment and monitor and review this process so every individual has the best opportunity possible and the best training available to assist their development. It is company policy to ensure personal development and although we have achieved World Skills Gold and Bronze we have not forgot the necessity to develop every individual to their best potential.


Future

To work and develop with all colleges and training providers throughout Ireland and GB to ensure that all of the young people that choose a career in the crash repair sector of the motor industry have the best possible training and support available within Northern Ireland. To achieve further medals in UK and World Skills and show the world that Northern Ireland can produce the best skilled workforce in automotive repair.