EV skills gap to hit a year early

More technicians underwent EV training in the first half of 2022 than ever before, but it’s still not enough to meet demand with the Institute of Motor Industry now suggesting the skills gap will hit crisis point a year earlier than expected.

The IMI found that in the first six months of the year more technicians took an EV qualification eligible for IMI TechSaf recognition since its introduction in 2016.

It reports there are now 32,900 technicians qualified to work safely on electric vehicles – the equivalent of 15% of in the UK.

However, as the uptake of EVs continues to accelerate it says the shortfall between qualified technicians and vehicles on the road will now hit in 2027. This is based on Auto Trader’s latest Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) parc data, which predicts there will be nine million pure EVs on UK roads by 2030.

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI, said, “We have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our automotive industry peers and the education sector to bang the drum to government about the critical importance of bolstering investment in EV training. The significant uptick in technicians seeking EV qualifications this year, which in turn makes them eligible to obtain IMI TechSafe recognition, is incredibly positive and proves our collective efforts have paid off.

“Furthermore, indications are that the third quarter of 2022 will see record numbers continue, which is fantastic news for the automotive industry.”

Ian Plummer, Commercial Director, Auto Trader and a Non-Executive Director of the IMI added: “As increasing numbers of motorists transition to EVs it is vital that the infrastructure is there to keep them on the road. A hugely significant part of this is the ability to get vehicles serviced and repaired safely, quickly and efficiently. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that the investment is made now in the skills training that is essential to ensure a smooth road ahead for EV adoption.”


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