As the number of EVs on the road significantly increases, Autotech Training is supporting the AA as it works towards its objective to equip its entire fleet of patrols with IMI accredited industry leading electric vehicle training.
As the UK’s number one breakdown provider, the AA announced a target earlier this year to train all of its patrols to at least an IMI Level 2 electric/hybrid vehicle certification by the end of 2022.
Achieving IMI Centre approval for the delivery of IMI Level 2 electric/hybrid vehicle training at its own technical training facility in the West Midlands, the AA required additional support to train patrols working in areas with a high density of EVs to IMI Level 3 electric/hybrid vehicle accreditation.
Certified to deliver IMI Levels 2-4 electric/hybrid vehicle training, Autotech Training is working with both the AA and the IMI to train over 100 AA patrols to IMI Level 3. These courses are being carried out within either Autotech Training’s dedicated EV training facility in Milton Keynes, or from the AA’s own training centre.
“We are delighted to support the AA,” comments Colin Gleghorn, MD of Autotech Training. “The number of EVs on the road is rising and it is essential that patrols have the EV skill set to carry out any repair work safely.”
While all AA patrols are already trained to IMI Level 1 equivalent, they will be IMI TechSafeTM registered when they gain Level 2 accreditation. The IMI TechSafeTM Standards for those working on Electric Vehicles (EV) are set by the IMI and endorsed by the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).
Autotech Group’s CEO, Gavin White, is part of the TechSafe™ Advisory Group to help drive forward the Electrified Vehicle Professional Standard.
“Working with Autotech Training has enabled us to increase training capacity for our patrols and ensure that they are receiving industry leading development in Electric Vehicles,” comments Nicholas Foxall, the AA’s Road Training Manager. “Combining our own bespoke training alongside Autotech Training’s electric vehicle training courses, and their team of highly skilled and experienced trainers, ensures that we can better prepare our patrols for ever-changing technologies.”
• Over 100 AA patrols will have been trained to IMI Level 3 electric/hybrid vehicle accreditation by the end of 2022 by Autotech Training.
• All patrols will get hands on learning as all course delivery, either at Autotech Training’s EV Training Suite within its Milton Keynes headquarters or at the AA’s own training centre, includes practical learning on an electric vehicle.