More than 10 million electric vehicles (EVs) are on the road across the world in 2020. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, or ACEA, said registrations of hybrid electric passenger cars accounted for 20 per cent of the total EU market during the third quarter (July-September 2021). In the West Midlands the plan for green recovery builds on commitments to make the West Midlands carbon neutral by 2041, with plans to convert all taxis, buses and 50% HGVs to electric by 2031. The demand for trained mechanics, repairers with maintenance and diagnostic skills will be high to meet this increase. Having a trained electric vehicle workforce will offer more opportunities for small and medium size businesses without having to meet the demands of the upskilling costs. Normally this course would cost £1,500 per candidate. This is a Government In Work Skills initiative to rapidly upskill or retrain staff in the engineering sector through the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology. This initiative is only open until March 2022, and places are expected to be filled quickly. Please use the enquire icon at the bottom of this page to start the application process.
IMI Level 4 Award in the Diagnosis, Testing and Repair of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles and Components
Provides the knowledge and skills required to work on live high voltage vehicle electrical components and associated systems. A good level of electrical understanding is required prior to completion of this unit. The content of this unit should always be used in conjunction with manufacturers’ specific safety data.
The award will enable candidates to:
• Understand electrical principles relating to low and high voltage vehicle systems
• Know the hazards and first aid associated with working on live high voltage vehicle systems
• Know how to reduce the risks to yourself and others when working on live high voltage vehicle systems
• Understand high voltage (HV) vehicle systems and components
• Carry out repairs on live high voltage vehicle systems safely IMI Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement Designed for technicians who maintain and repair electric/hybrid high voltage vehicle systems and components. It contains the knowledge and skills required to work on live high voltage vehicle electrical components and associated systems. The award will enable candidates to:
• Know about electric/hybrid vehicle system components and operation
• Understand the hazards surrounding electric/hybrid vehicles
• Know how to reduce the risks to yourself and others when working on electric/hybrid vehicles
• Know how to safely prepare the vehicle when carrying out routine maintenance on electric/hybrid vehicles
• Be able to work safely on an electric/hybrid vehicle IMI Level 2 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Activities This award introduces learners to electric/hybrid vehicle technology including, and in particular, the safety requirements of working on these types of vehicles, e.g. whilst carrying out routine vehicle servicing, general repairs that are not related to the high energy electrical system
• Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.
• Selection criteria for entry will take into account each applicant's existing academic/vocational qualifications and experience in working in the retail automotive industry.
• The IMI would like candidates to have GCSEs in Maths, English and a Science based subject, although this is not mandatory.
• Candidates must complete Levels 2 and 3 before joining Level 4.
This course is designed to upskill staff in the automotive sector and develop the skills to meet the demand of increased electric and hybrid vehicle technology.