Thatcham Research has launched a new training programme for automotive businesses, including dealers, that covers key elements of electric vehicles (EVs).
The course addresses key EV competences including battery technology identification, health and safety, working voltages and equipment, vehicle design, component requirements and repair
Training is delivered via a blended learning model that combines e-learning and face-to-face training.
Dean Lander, Thatcham Research’s head of repair sector services, said: “New EV registrations are rising sharply. Adoption will only continue to increase, so it’s imperative that businesses know how to interact with these vehicles safely and efficiently.
“It’s about knowing how to identify the technology, and being familiar with working voltages and equipment, vehicle design, components and repair, as well as understanding the health and safety requirements.
“Our EV Ready Training Programme provides tailored learning to all employees. The objective is to boost understanding at every stage in the customer journey and ensure that everyone who encounters an EV has the correct knowledge to do their job safely.”
Thatcham Research’s EV Ready Training Programme consists of three core components:
- ‘EV Aware’ e-learning modules containing two learner journeys for non-technical/contact employees and technical employees and managers.
- Level 3 Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)-backed qualifications for technical employees. Assessments encompass safety requirements and repair procedures for EV/HV.
- Employee success on the programme earns the business a bodyshop certificate issued by Thatcham Research. This clearly demonstrates to partners the extent of the training staff have undertaken.
Learners that complete Level 3 training at the Automotive Academy will receive an IMI certificate of achievement and be recognised on the IMI’s TechSafe register.
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is calling for urgent funding and a national workforce development strategy from the Government if there are to be enough trained technicians to support a 2030 ban on new diesel, petrol and hybrid vehicles.
It said just 5% of current garages and dealerships are appropriately qualified to work on electric vehicles (EVs).