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New training centre helping to kickstart careers for young people in Wolverhampton

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A new training centre to give local people the specialist skills needed to work on electric vehicles has opened today at the City of Wolverhampton College, thanks to funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The aim is for 720 residents to be trained across all levels over 18 months, as the need for skilled electric vehicle mechanics is expected to grow significantly in the run-up to the Government’s ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

The Electric Vehicle and Green Technologies Training Centre – the first of its kind in the UK – is also being match-funded by Kia Motors UK and industry training systems company Lucas-Nülle, jointly contributing £135,000 worth of electric cars, learning equipment and other training support.

The opening of the centre follows the Government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper published last month, which focuses on the need for high-quality qualifications based on employer-led standards and further education colleges to play a leading role in developing skills in their geographical areas. 

Cllr Ian Brookfield, leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and WMCA portfolio holder for the economy and innovation, said: “The West Midlands is well established as the heart of the UK automotive sector, but we don’t have enough people qualified to maintain electric vehicles.

“The training centre will enable people to start a new career or upskill, and our outstanding Wolves at Work employment programme with its dedicated work coaches, will be on hand to connect those who qualify with jobs.”

Courses on offer include a Level 1 award in electrical/hybrid vehicle awareness, a Level 2 award in electrical/hybrid vehicle hazard management, a Level 3 award in electrical/hybrid vehicle system repair and replacement, and a Level 4 award in diagnosis, testing and repair of electric/hybrid vehicles and components.

All candidates who complete the training will gain a qualification from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the professional body for people working in the industry.

Chloe-Ann Price, aged 19, from Wolverhampton, who is keen to start training at the new centre, said: “I’ve enjoyed studying for my Level 3 Motor Vehicle qualification at City of Wolverhampton College, and I’d like to progress to studying electric vehicle technologies as that is the way the future of automotive is going.”

For more information and to register interest in the new courses, go to www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/electric-vehicle.


Written by: David Watkins

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