Electric Vehicle Apprenticeships Arrive In Qld

TAFE Queensland now offers electric vehicle apprenticeships in a Queensland first, a momentous day for the local light and heavy automotive industry

Electric vehicle (EV) apprentices are heading to the sunshine state, with TAFE Queensland now offering the Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Technology apprenticeship to Queenslanders.

Queensland is the second state or territory in Australia to offer EV apprenticeships and TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer John Tucker says the state’s premier training provider is ready to deliver the apprenticeship to students across Queensland.

“Electric vehicle ownership and purchasing trends are predicted to continue to skyrocket in coming years and with more electric vehicles on the road than ever before, Queenslanders will expect the state’s automotive workforce to be appropriately skilled in keeping these vehicles on the road and safe,” he says.

“Consequently, TAFE Queensland is proud to support the advancement of Queensland’s automotive industry by working hand-in-hand with employers to develop the new qualification.”

Tucker says TAFE Queensland has, for some time, offered EV training units as optional inclusions to automotive apprentices’ training plans and has delivered accredited EV training to thousands of Queenslanders already – including almost 200 qualified technicians who have upskilled with the Battery Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set so far in 2023 under the Federal and State Government’s Fee-Free TAFE program.

“I encourage employers across the state to contact their local TAFE Queensland automotive representative to learn more about how they can access this new innovative qualification and not only future proof their business, but most importantly keep Queenslanders safe on the road,” he says.

Sheree Tarman, People and Safety Manager QLD/NT at Eagers Automotive, adds Eagers Automotive is a proud to partner with Tafe Qld in supporting the new EV apprenticeship.

“We have been actively involved in industry consultation and provided feedback to the Queensland Government supporting this apprenticeship to upskill our workforce to meet changing consumer needs,” she says.

“We can trust TAFE Queensland to provide industry relevant content to ensure our apprentices complete their trade with a high level of competence.”

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