Vehicle technicians across the UK are set to benefit from a new suite of training opportunities based on electric and hybrid technology as the number of electric vehicles starts to soar. According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the industry reported a 35 per cent increase in the number of battery electric vehicles on the UK’s roads in the year to March 2019, and commentators predict an exponential rise in future uptake. 

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has highlighted a significant shortfall in the number of technicians that are currently trained in electric vehicle technology. The MIRA Technology Institute is now offering a range of short courses designed to plug this gap and provide accredited training that covers topics including safety, hazard management, maintenance and system repair and replacement.

Lisa Bingley, operations director at the MIRA Technology Institute, “The automotive industry is facing a revolution that is similar in scale to what followed the invention of the internal combustion engine. In 1934, when modern motoring was in its infancy, there were 2.5M cars in the UK. Fast forward 85 years and this now reflects the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on our roads alone. 

“The pre-war skills market for repair and maintenance was based on roadside assistance provided by mechanics on bicycles and the blacksmiths shop was the go-to place for repairs. The leap we are now making between conventional automotive engineering and electric vehicles is of the same magnitude as that between horsepower and the first cars.”

The MIRA Technology Institute has unveiled a new series of short courses designed for organisations that may have introduced electric vehicles into their fleet for the first time, as well as for vehicle technicians throughout the Tier 1 supply chain who need to adapt and upskill for this important technology. The courses are particularly designed to meet the needs of the retail automotive sector and the emergency services. 

This affordable suite of courses, which will be run at the MTI’s new training centre near Nuneaton and Hinckley, includes:

This one-day course provides an understanding of the principles of full electric and hybrid vehicles, focusing on the construction, operation and identification of the main components and the key safety aspects associated with working with high voltage systems.

Over two days, participants will learn about the maintenance, servicing, and handling of electric vehicles. The course is designed to help the emergency services or roadside recovery operators to understand the hazards of handling accident-damaged or malfunctioning electric and hybrid vehicles.

This two-day course introduces students to electric and hybrid vehicle technology including the safety requirements involved in carrying out servicing or general repairs that are not related to the high energy electrical system.

A three-day programme designed for those who may encounter electric or hybrid vehicles within a routine maintenance situation. It covers the knowledge and skills required to work safely around a vehicle that may have sustained damage to its high energy/electrical system.

A half day course aimed at providing delegates with a basic awareness of electrical safety issues especially those associated with hybrid and electric vehicles. It is suitable for anyone working in areas where electric vehicles are being maintained, handled or serviced.

Based on Level 3 IMI standards, this half day course is aimed at engineers and technicians who are maintaining, servicing, modifying or developing the electrical traction systems in electric or hybrid vehicles.

Lisa Bingley added, “It is particularly important that everyone working at this level within the automotive industry is cognisant of the safety aspects of handling electric vehicles.

“This is the first in our series of short courses and those who are interested should keep an eye on our website and sign-up for future updates.”

To apply for any of these courses at the MIRA Technology Institute, please contact us on 02476 935 680 or email

Submitted on 24/04/2019