Autotech Training has opened its dedicated electric vehicle training suite, marking a significant step forward for the company as it continues to drive up electric/hybrid vehicle training within the automotive industry.
Certified to deliver IMI Levels one to four electric/hybrid vehicle courses, the unique EV training suite has been purposely built within the Autotech Group’s Milton Keynes headquarters.
Featuring an electric vehicle for hands-on learning, the suite is set to support the automotive industry and the wider business community who are introducing EVs to their fleets, in readiness for the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel car sales.
Mandla Ndhlovu, training delivery director for Autotech Training said: “The percentage of vehicle technicians sufficiently trained to safely service electric/hybrid vehicles is nowhere near where it should be.
“So, not only do we hope the training suite will have a significant impact on up-skilling technicians, but the Level one IMI course will provide anyone working around electric/hybrid vehicles with a foundation level of awareness.
“All companies have a duty of care to ensure that ANY employee who comes into contact with an electric/hybrid vehicle has this basic level of understanding.”
Around 75,000 vehicle technicians will be needed to service the electric vehicle parc within the next few years, however the IMI have identified that just 5% of technicians currently working in garages and dealerships are EV trained.
Independent garages need to ensure that vehicle technicians are correctly trained to not only instil confidence within customers and secure repeat business, but to guarantee their safety, as they may be liable for any injuries.
In addition, having a workforce with the ability to service electric/hybrid vehicles will open up a new revenue stream.
The EV training suite complements Autotech Training’s on-site EV training offering which can be delivered on the premises of any garage or business looking to equip their employees with the relevant knowledge, while keeping their time away from business to a minimum.
Last year, Autotech Group CEO, Gavin White, joined the Institute of the Motor Industry’s (IMI) TechSafe Sector Advisory Group to help drive forward the Electrified Vehicle Professional Standard.
And the company have also pledged that EVERY vehicle technician and MOT tester contractor working full time within its Autotech Recruit division will be trained to a minimum Level two hybrid and electric vehicle IMI standard by the end of this year.
Autotech Training was launched in 2016 by the Autotech Group in a bid to upskill the industry, delivering high quality MOT and technical training courses.
The EV training suite is the most substantial training investment made by the company to date and is supported by key Autotech Training partners, including BP Pulse, Pecuvi, Marsh Commercial, Haynes Pro Technical, Bosch, BG Products, Autogem, BP Experience Centre MK, Our Virtual Academy, Teng Tools and Auto Service Finance.