UK Needs More EV Trained Mechanics, Claims Industry Body

There must be a greater focus on training mechanics to handle the specific challenges of working on EVs, says a UK professional body.

The UK’s Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is supporting calls for further development of Electric Vehicle (EV) skills to protect the safety of technicians. Its call comes following the government’s publication of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee report Electric vehicles: driving the transition.

Now the IMI has announced today that it will be hosting an Electric Vehicle Advisory Group meeting where attendees from across the industry will attempt to develop a professional standard aimed at safeguarding the UK’s workforce of technicians by ensuring they are well trained and have the skills they need to repair electrified vehicles safely.

Sales of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles have seen an increase of 21% since 2017 forming 6% of the UK’s automotive market yet just 3.5% of the country’s 188,500 vehicle technicians are currently qualified with the skills to service and repair the high voltage components of this technology.

Steve Nash, chief executive at the IMI, said: “The response to the BEIS Committee report is confirmation that government must work with businesses to help workers develop their skills when it comes to new vehicle technology. There must be more focus on the skills needed if the UK is to become a world-leader in the manufacturing and repairing of electrified vehicles.

“It’s essential that government and business work better together to embrace the opportunities that come with new technology; however an appropriately skilled workforce must be regarded as a prerequisite to achieving those opportunities.

“By bringing together a committee of experts from across the motor industry to discuss, agree and develop Electric Vehicle Professional Standards, we can then provide the appropriate benchmarks and recognition for individuals to work towards, supported by the appropriate quality of training. In doing so we can create the expert, skilled workforce needed to support the next generation of vehicles.”

Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


One comment

  1. MICHAEL ARNOLD RILEY 31st January 2019 @ 9:25 am

    Hi
    i currently run a motor vehicle training company in the north west of England who deal with SME’s in the region , how can we get involved with the advisory group so that the north west SME’s are represented

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