Logistics UK launches EV technician training courses


Logistics UK is creating two electric truck maintenance training programmes, in partnership with Stephenson, Brooksby and Melton (SMB) College and Bristol College, to help haulage companies upskill their existing mechanics.

The L2 and L3 electric vehicle maintenance training programmes are designed to ensure that technicians are equipped with the necessary skills to keep vehicles roadworthy and identify faults as soon as they occur.

Data from information provider Statista indicates the UK’s electric heavy goods vehicle market is predicted to see a 70% growth by 2026, with more than 2,100 battery-powered vehicles expected to be operational on the nation’s roads by then.

The new courses, which last for two days, include modules on working safely on an electric/hybrid vehicle, using information to carry out the task, knowledge on carrying out repairs on high energy electrical systems and recording information and making suitable recommendations, all delivered in a practical way with hands-on training throughout.

This will lead to an IMI Level 2/3 qualification in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance, and the inclusion on the IMI TechSafe register.

David Jordan, Deputy Operations Director at Logistics UK said, “Vehicle safety and roadworthiness are critical to the success and efficiency of the logistics sector, and these new training courses will ensure that businesses are properly equipped to identify and solve problems with electric vehicle technology as soon as it they arise.

“The colleges we are partnering with have a long history of excellence in vehicle engineering and maintenance and have put together comprehensive, state-of-the-art curricula that will ensure that trainees are equipped to deal with the new technologies that are already appearing on Britain’s roads.”


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