Smart Transport

Access to a skilled electric vehicle-savvy workforce

Transport has faced many challenges over the past 12 months, but one that has been around long before Covid-19 is that of addressing the skills shortages across the automotive, rail and logistics sectors.

The march of progress with electric, hydrogen and, increasingly, autonomous technologies demands new skill sets and an education system to underpin them.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the professional body for automotive in the UK, put things into sharp perspective by spelling out that just 5% of automotive technicians are appropriately skilled to work on electric vehicles (EVs).

If the UK Government is to reach its carbon reduction targets and ramp up EV sales before it introduces a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030 and plug-in hybrids by 2035, action needs to be taken.