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The government’s Road to Zero strategy aims to have at least half of new cars ultra-low emissions by 2030, with major commitments to build charging infrastructure.

However, our data highlights the skills gap that could seriously undermine government ambitions.

By our calculations, 90,000 car technicians will be needed to provide enough manpower to service the volume of zero-emission vehicles expected to hit UK roads by 2030.

The pace of adoption of electric vehicles is accelerating, although infrastructure issues remain a barrier.

But once the charging network is fit for purpose, combined with electric vehicles becoming more affordable, the race will really be on to ensure we have a skilled enough workforce to provide maintenance. , maintenance and repair essential to keep these vehicles safe on the roads. .

There is no doubt that the automotive sector is working hard to retrain and improve. But that’s a huge mountain to climb and our calculations suggest there will be a shortage of 35,700 technicians by 2030, with 2026 currently marking when the skills gap materializes.

IMI has spent a number of years, working in close consultation with every part of the industry, to create the IMI TechSafe standards, which provide the training frameworks to ensure technicians can work safely on electrical systems in each permutation of hybrid and electric vehicles. .

Those who achieve TechSafe™ accreditation – with a Level 2 hybrid and EV qualification – will have the skills to ensure they can work on these complex automotive technologies safely.

Providing accessibility to suitable training is a key objective of IMI, which is why we have developed a whole range of e-learning modules with VOCANTO.

This means companies can give employees a good basic understanding of electric vehicles through online modules that are both cost effective and quick to deliver.

Employees can take the training at times that suit them rather than eating away at their “business as usual” day.

Of course, for technicians working on electric vehicles, it is clear that the skill level on this new technology must be much higher, but again, it is important to recognize that making this training accessible alongside the work pressures will help increase the number of people qualified to work. on electric vehicles.

Steve Nash, CEO of the Automotive Industry Institute