12 Jul 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

EV training rates rise, but predicted shortfall remains 

 

The point at which the number of EV-qualified technicians will fall below the minimum number required is now expected in 2032, three years later than was previously predicted, according to the latest EV TechSafe data from the IMI.

At the end of January 2023, there were 52,000 qualified EV technicians in the UK, representing 22% of the total. Six months before, the total was 45,300.  

However, by 2030, the IMI estimates that more than 107,000 EV-trained technicians will be needed. By 2023 there will need to be 139,000, with 185,000 needed by 2035. At the current rate of training, a shortfall of 30,000 is expected by the time the ban of new ICE vehicle sales comes into force in 2035.

Until now, the shortfall was expected to open up in 2029 and hit 13,000 by 2032. However, the gap will now not appear until 2032 itself, and will be 5,570.

Commenting on the figures, IMI Research Manager Emma Carrigy said: “It is encouraging to see the steady growth in EV qualified workforce, especially as the market need is now expected to be met for a least another five years. Of course, attracting new talent and training technicians to work safely on electrified vehicles does take time, so the industry must not be complacent or take its foot off the recruitment or training pedals. After all, a skills gap is still forecast and could have a significant impact on drivers’ ability to maintain and repair their electric and hybrid vehicles safely.”

 

 Emma added:  “As the EV parc increases – and ages – drivers and fleet managers need to have the confidence that their chosen garage is able to service, repair and maintain their electric and hybrid vehicles. To help meet that need, the IMI’s There’s More to Motor’ campaign is continuing to change perceptions of the industry and the career options it provides.”

To read the IMI EV TechSafe report for January 2024, visit: https://tide.theimi.org.uk/industry-latest/research/ev-techsafe-technician-forecasts-jan-2024