Bosch has helped highlight the UK’s shortage of EV-trained technicians, hosting the BBC at its STC (Service Training Centre) in Denham recently to film one of its EV training courses.
Film crews interviewed Alex Gibson, Bosch technical trainer to find out why the EV training course is so important.
He said: “It’s becoming more and more popular as more garages realise how important it is that they are able to service all types of vehicles.
“Most importantly, we want to show them how to safely look after electrically powered vehicles.
“Hybrid and electric vehicles incorporate high voltage batteries and motors that can be completely alien to technicians that have spent most of their life working on internal combustion engine vehicles.
“Whilst there are many similarities, braking, suspension, interior to name a few.
“The powertrain can be completely different.
“Whilst some cars may only need to be serviced, others may be in the garage because there’s a fault, so technicians need to know how to approach the cars, the high voltage batteries, and the motors, in a safe way and have the skillset to safely diagnose and repair them.”
A podcast version is also available online.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has published new research suggesting that, as an increasing number of electric vehicles are sold in the UK, garages are struggling to keep up with staff who are trained to service these new types of cars.
Bosch offer a complete suite of hybrid and EV training courses, available to suit all needs and requirements.
These range from essential EV knowledge and awareness, right up to fully-qualified ‘expert’ technician at Level 4 (IMI Accredited).
For added convenience, much of this training can be attended online, with the courses adopting Bosch’s unique virtual classroom and blended learning delivery methods.
For more information, including course booking, dates and pricing, select ‘more details’ below, email [email protected] or contact your Bosch parts distributor.