Trainees at Open Road West Norfolk are being taught how to align wheels using the very latest diagnostic equipment thanks to a partnership with leading manufacturer Snap-On.

The new John Bean V3400 wheel alignment system uses pin-sharp 3D technology to assist in wheel alignment procedures. Trainees use weights inside the vehicle to replicate the way it would sit on the road fully laden and lasers are fired at each wheel to assess how they should be adjusted.

The V3400’s on-board computer provides full diagnostic on screen and printable data for the trainees to analyse and follow.

It’s the sort of equipment used in the most modern motor vehicle workshops in the country and will equip trainees with the know-how and the qualifications to work in any workshop.

Mark Ost, General Manager of Snap-on Diagnostics and Equipment, was instrumental in helping Open Road source the alignment machine.

He said “We are delighted to be a supporter of Open Road West Norfolk and to have helped them from the very beginning in 2009, and most recently with the purchase of the John Bean V3400 wheel alignment system.

“Training in the world of modern motor vehicles is a lifelong process, so to give young people the opportunity to train using the most up to date equipment helps them learn and develop the skills that prospective employers look for.”

Open Road Trustee Terry Smith said: “Mark and Snap-On have been great friends and supporters of what we are doing here at Open Road.

“Our young people are learning how to use top of the range equipment which could open doors for them in the most modern workshops imaginable.

“This supports our ethos of providing a stepping stone into a job and a career these young people can be proud of.”

Funding for the equipment was supported by the Clothworkers’ Foundation and the organisation’s Grants Officer Ayesha Tariq said: “We are delighted to be supporting Open Road and helping young people gain professional qualifications and improve their personal skills sets.”