TAFE EV workshop showcases readiness for technology transition

TAFE Queensland demonstrated just how advanced they are in preparing the training arena for the transition to electromobility at their Acacia Ridge Training Centre last week.

Stephen Gates, Director of Commercial Services at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, said the panel of experts shared some incredibly valuable insights at the special electric vehicle industry event.

“It was an opportunity for us to hear from industry about their needs, showcase our current Battery Electric vehicle training and our automotive industry training roadmap,” Mr Gates said.

“Including the new AUR32721 Certificate III in Automotive Electric Vehicle Technology, and AUR40620 Certificate IV in Automotive Electrical Technology, as well as BEV and Hydrogen safety skillsets that are in high demand from industry.

“The Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training are enabling our expert trainers to develop and deliver this cutting-edge training through the VET Emerging Industries Initiative which is funded under the $200M Future Skills Fund.”

“Thanks to Todd Hacking from Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia, David Cooper from Toyota Motor Corporation and Wayne Schoenauer from Carrosserie HESS AG for their contribution.”

The audience of around one hundred industry stakeholders included attendees from peer training institutions Australia-wide.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking told attendees that the heavy vehicle industry is fully invested in the transition to low and zero-emissions heavy vehicles.

“HVIA’s role is to remove obstacles to their uptake,” Mr Hacking said.

“HVIA members and training stakeholders are currently working to progress action on zero-emission vehicle skills and training priorities.

“Our working group has identified the mix of skills and knowledge that will be required to ensure safety for any technician working on and around high voltage electric heavy vehicles.

“The group is looking at access to approved training for bodybuilders; requirements include workplace safety, electrical safety and best practice for body fitment and the fitment of common accessories such as tail lifts and cranes.

“We are delighted with the superb input and collaborative engagement between our members and the training sector, as you have seen today.

“The proactive investment and leadership being shown by training institutions to prepare the space, serve to remove one of the largest potential obstacles for road transport operators considering investing in this transition for their own fleets.”

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