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Country's first scheme to train electric vehicle technicians launched


Students Jordan Wright and Chloe-Ann Price at the City of Wolverhampton College
Students Jordan Wright and Chloe-Ann Price at the City of Wolverhampton College

An official launch was performed “virtually” by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.

The new Electrical Vehicle and Green Technologies Training Centre will enable the City of Wolverhampton College to train specialist technicians.

An innovative new scheme, supported by West Midlands Combined Authority, will offer four different level awards in vehicle awareness, hazard management, system repair and replacement and in diagnosis, testing and repair.

Those taking part will be able to develop a range of specialised technical skills and knowledge and receive relevant Institute of the Motor Industry accreditation to enable them to work in the sector.

Michael Dixon, head of faculty for technology at the college, said: “Currently only around three per cent of all vehicle technicians in the UK are trained on electric vehicles and this has an on-going impact on the ability to maintain and repair them.

“We are delighted, therefore, to be able to offer these new IMI-accredited training programmes to increase the availability of skilled automotive technicians, develop a skilled workforce and drive technological growth in the region”

The training centre has been developed by WMCA and Duplex Business Services.



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