VASA member TAFE Queensland is now offering the Certificate III in Automotive Electric Vehicle Technology apprenticeship, making Queensland the second state in Australia to provide apprenticeships focused on electrified vehicles.
Emphasising the significance of equipping the automotive workforce with essential skills to meet increasing demand for EV maintenance and repair, TAFE Queensland CEO John Tucker said “Queenslanders will expect the state’s automotive workforce to be appropriately skilled in keeping these vehicles on the road and safe”.
Mr Tucker encouraged employers to contact their local TAFE Queensland automotive representative to learn more about accessing the new qualification.
“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,” he added.
TAFE Queensland says it has taken proactive measures to provide extensive electric vehicle training, offering optional units to automotive apprentices and delivering accredited EV training to a significant number of individuals in Queensland.
In 2023 alone, nearly 200 qualified technicians have already enhanced their skills through the fee-free TAFE program, specifically focusing on battery electric vehicle inspection and servicing.
Brisbane-headquartered Eagers Automotive – Australia’s largest vehicle dealership group – was among the employers to have supported TAFE Queensland’s move into EV apprenticeships.
Eagers Automotive people and safety manager for Queensland and the Northern Territory Sheree Tarman said the company was “proud to partner with TAFE Queensland 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.
“We can trust TAFE Queensland to provide industry-relevant content, ensuring our apprentices complete their trade with a high level of competence.”