The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is aiming to upskill it members with a second round of subsidised hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) Level 3 courses for technicians.
The move aims to help improve the shortage of EV-trained technicians as EVs become more prevalent, the IGA said.
Stuart James, IGA chief executive, said: “We are lobbying the Government to provide more funding to upskill technicians across the sector and support garage businesses.
"However, membership retention and growth are very strong in the meantime, leaving us in the position where we can provide subsidised Hybrid/EV training to members as a thank you for their loyalty.”
“The IGA offered one hundred subsidised Hybrid/EV Level 3 courses earlier this year which were fully booked within two weeks, showing that garages want to offer Hybrid/EV services to their customers but find the cost prohibitive, particularly after the earnings lost throughout COVID-19.”
Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Repair Level 3 courses are available for £250, a 60% reduction to the normal member price.
IGA members can book as many places as they need, and the rate will be available for the foreseeable future, the IGA said.
Courses are available at RMI Academy of Automotive Skills sites in Lincoln, Winchester, Southam and Runcorn.
The RMI recently opened its fourth Academy of Automotive Skills training site in Lincoln.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) recently called for a £15 million investment in EV technician training from the Government.