The fourth RMI Academy of Automotive Skills has now opened in Lincoln, to help address the skills shortage by providing affordable training for garages on a more local basis.
Stuart James, RMI Director comments: “As the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars approaches, the lack of technicians skilled in hybrid and electric vehicle repair is one of the biggest threats to this plan.
The new training site joins established facilities in Runcorn, Winchester and Southam, where a wide range of weekly MOT and technical training courses are available to all garages in the motor trade.
The IGA has also introduced a second round of heavily subsidised Hybrid/EV Level 3 courses to its members, to help improve the shortage of EV trained technicians. Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Repair Level 3 courses are now available for £250, a 60% reduction to the normal member price. IGA members can book as many places as they need, and the rate will be available for the foreseeable future.
Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive comments: “We are lobbying the government to provide more funding to upskill technicians across the sector and support garage businesses. However, membership retention and growth are very strong in the meantime, leaving us in the position where we can provide subsidised Hybrid/EV training to members as a thank you for their loyalty.”
“The IGA offered one hundred subsidised Hybrid/EV Level 3 courses earlier this year which were fully booked within two weeks, showing that garages want to offer Hybrid/EV services to their customers but find the cost prohibitive, particularly after the earnings lost throughout COVID-19.”
Courses are available throughout the country at RMI Academy of Automotive Skills sites in Lincoln, Winchester, Southam and Runcorn.
Members can book their course by calling the IGA Member Helpline on 01788 225 908. Visit www.RMItrainingAcademy.co.uk for course information.