Autotech Training have officially opened its dedicated Electric Vehicle Training Suite. The opening marks a significant step forward for the company since it announced, at the end of last year, initiatives to drive up electric/hybrid vehicle training within the automotive industry.
Certified to deliver IMI Levels 1 to 4 Electric/Hybrid vehicle courses, the unique EV Training Suite has been purposely built within the Autotech Group’s Milton Keynes headquarters.
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.
Are Your Technicians EV ready?
Featuring an electric vehicle for hands-on learning, the EV Training 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.
“We are delighted to open our EV Training Suite,” comments Mandla Ndhlovu, Training Delivery Director for Autotech Training. “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 1 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 has identified that just 5% of technicians currently working in garages and dealerships are EV trained.
Vehicle technicians need to be correctly trained to not only instil confidence within customers and secure repeat business but to guarantee their own safety.
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 the business to a minimum.
The IMI TechSafe™ Standard
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 has 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 2 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle IMI standard by the end of this year.
The EV Training Suite 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.