13 Jul 2024
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IMI: EV training qualifications predicted to fall 31% year-on-year

The number of newly qualified EV technicians in Q1 of 2023 was 10% lower than the same period in 2022, and the IMI is predicting a 31% year on year drop for Q2 in its latest IMI EV Technician Forecast Report.

There were a total of 42,400 techs trained on EVs by the end of Quarter 1 2023, making up 18% of the UK total.107,000 IMI TechSafe qualified technician will be needed in the UK by 2030,the IMI has predicted, rising to 139,000 by 2032. A possible 25,000 shortfall is predicted if current trends continue.

Commenting on the figures, IMI CEO Steve Nash said: “More electric and hybrid vehicles are joining the UK car parc every day, but the number of technicians trained to safely maintain, service and repair them is simply not keeping pace, creating a real postcode lottery. Urgent attention is required to address the skills gap, enhance training initiatives, and ensure an adequate supply of qualified technicians to meet the evolving demands of the rapidly growing EV sector.”

Meanwhile, with older vehicles numbers rising and the time it takes to work on them increasing, there is less available time for training, the IMI has suggested, which is also affecting business planning and the time being set aside for training being reduced, along with the allotted funding.

Steve added: “The high level of job vacancies across the automotive sector as well as the economic pressures that mean budgets are being funnelled away from training are a serious cause for concern if the government’s decarbonisation targets are to be met.”

To view the latest IMI EV Technician Forecast Report, go to: https://tide.theimi.org.uk/sites/default/files/2023-06/EV%20Technicians%20forecast%20report%20June%202023%20Final.pdf