Surge in silent power calls for new skills - rapid response from B&FC

Published on 21/03/2019 by nmoo

With around a quarter of a million electric-hybrid vehicles now on Britain's roads and that number growing rapidly the need for technicians with the skills to maintain them has never been greater.

Blackpool and the Fylde College (B&FC) has risen to the challenge with a new course in electric-hybrid vehicle technology that is attracting students from car dealerships and vehicle repair businesses across the North West.

“All major vehicle makers now include electric-hybrid options within their product range and popularity amongst car buyers and fleet users is growing fast,” says Rob Oldale, manager of the College's Advanced Technology Centre.

“The huge investment by leading car companies in these new generation models demonstrates that they believe that this is where the long-term future of vehicle propulsion lies. The Increasing number on our roads is having an immediate impact and creating opportunities for new revenue streams for those vehicle dealerships and repair businesses who don’t shy away.

“It’s therefore imperative that those who want to seize the opportunity get to grips quickly with this new technology, understand the functionality behind it and have the confidence to work safely.

“The content of our Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Level 3, two-day qualification gives technicians the confidence to work safely on hybrid electric vehicles and equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose, test and repair them. As well as routine servicing, this may include repairs to vehicles that have damage to their high energy electrical system”.

The IMI accredited qualification is made up of two mandatory units, EV2.2 and EV3.

EV2.2 deliver all of the skills and knowledge from the IMI Level 2 Award in Electric-Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Activities.

EV3 deliver skills in…

  • working safely on an electric-hybrid vehicle
  • using information to carry out the tasks
  • carrying out repairs on high energy electrical systems
  • gathering information and making suitable recommendations

Candidates successfully completing this qualification will acquire significant core knowledge and skills and the ability to remove and replace electric-hybrid vehicle high voltage components.

“These qualifications are the first of their kind to address electric-hybrid vehicle technologies,” says Rob Oldale. “They are essential to ensuring the safety of technicians working on high voltage vehicles and were developed as the result of the demand from manufacturers for a qualification for their technicians.”

The courses are run at B&FC's state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Centre opened on the outskirts of Blackpool in 2015 and which is easily accessed by road from all parts of the region as well as by recently much-improved railway links.

This multi-million pound, purpose-built training centre is equipped with industry-standard technology in automotive workshops designed to match those of the market leading companies in both the vehicle manufacturing and after-market sectors.

The facilities boast a Superflow 4-wheel drive dynamometer, engine test cell for aerospace and engineering programmes and the latest CAD and dynamic simulation software studio.

With expert tutors and assessors, high levels of support and strong relationships with local and national employers, B&FC has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality training.

Contact B&FC today on 01253 504 343 or e-mail info@blackpool.ac.uk to see how the North West's most successful vocational training college can help you create a highly-skilled workforce to ensures satisfied customers, increased profits, and long-term business success.