Continental Automotive is an approved IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) Centre and delivers a full electric and hybrid electric vehicle training programme from its Birmingham headquarters. Stuart West, tachograph product manager and training centre co-ordinator at Continental Automotive said that these EV training courses are “crucial” given the direction of the automotive industry towards electrification.
“There is currently a serious deficit in the number of automotive technicians trained to work on electric and hybrid vehicles – latest data suggests just over five per cent are currently qualified,” said West. “We have, therefore, invested in enhancing our training to bring these new technologies into scope to support automotive professionals who want to enhance their skills, and give motorists confidence that their electric and hybrid vehicles can be serviced and maintained safely.
“It is great to be a part of such an important movement, and we are delighted to be able to continue supporting the automotive industry in offering courses that will help to fill this skills gap, making a real difference in the automotive World,” concluded West. Many OEM’s have recently communicated ambitious targets to make their vehicles electric, in some cases, converting their full range to all electric as early as 2024.
The IAAF recently shared a GiPA forecast stating that by 2025, electrified vehicles will potentially represent up to 21 per cent of the UK passenger car vehicle parc.
Continental claims to be at the “forefront” of new technology and developments within the EV sector, with 11 of its electric vehicle components going into the new Volkswagen ID3. The Continental courses range from one – three days and cover awareness, routine maintenance, repair and replacement and diagnosis. There is the opportunity to attend the full set of courses or just one or two to suit the garage requirements.
All the electric and hybrid vehicle training courses will be regulated by OFQUAL and quality assured by the IMI as the awarding organisation – once qualified, technicians receive a nationally recognised certificate.