Specialist renewables training provider, GTEC, based in Hawes, North Yorkshire, has launched a new Level 3 qualification covering the installation and maintenance of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in homes, businesses and industrial locations.
The course offers a real opportunity for tradespeople working within the electrical sector to exploit the rapid growth of EVs, which is expected to scale up year-on-year as we move towards the 2035 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. Just yesterday (22nd November) it was announced that from 2022 all new builds will require an EV charging point by law.
“With the UK gearing up to phased out new petrol and diesel cars, there is a real opportunity for suitably trained electrical engineers,” said Griff Thomas, Managing Director of GTEC.
“2020 was a record year for EV sales, which rose by 43%, despite a general drop in overall car sales due to the pandemic. Without a secure network of EV charging infrastructure, progress will be seriously threatened.
“We have seen EV charging points double over the past two years, however, there is still a long way to go. Recently, thinktank, New AutoMotive, said we need 40-50 new public charging points every day until 2030 achieve our goals.
“It won’t be long before every workplace, business and leisure facility offers charging facilities as standard.
“This new course is an ideal upskill for practicing electricians, electrical technicians and engineers – anyone with experience of electrical installations, and associated inspection and testing who is looking to expand their service offering and take advantage of increasing demand for EVs.”
Candidates will achieve a Level 3 Award in the Installation and Commissioning of Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment in Domestic, Commercial and Industrial locations from LCL Awards.
This qualification equips candidates with the knowledge and skills required to install dedicated conductive charging equipment used for pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric road vehicles (PHEV) and includes the extended range of electric vehicles (E-REV).
It covers the installation of both AC and DC charging equipment intended for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) complying with BS EN 61851 and “The Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installations.
For more information, visit: www.gtec.co.uk