A BRAND new electric vehicle facility is taking training up a gear at Warwick Trident College.
The college partnered up with industry experts Miretur Ltd to create the £477,000 facility which will help train the next generation of motor vehicle specialists.
It will be used by students on automotive courses at the college to help them build awareness of the rapidly-evolving sector and by adult learners to help them reskill.
It features fully-converted workshops with specialist features for the training of skills associated with electric vehicles. The workshop is home to three electric vehicles, one hybrid, one plug-in hybrid and one fully electric – with specialist tools and diagnostics equipment also available.
The new training facility has been funded by the Department for Education through the Skills Accelerator Development Fund. It comes after colleges across Coventry and Warwickshire secured more than £5 million in funding through the fund to reshare technical skills training in the region.
Alan May, Director of Warwick Trident College, said: “This will be an important new facility and vital resource in equipping our learners with the skills required to support one of the country’s fastest growing sectors.
“It was vital we partnered with an industry expert to create the facility, and by working with Miretur we are confident that the training that will be delivered here will directly support the needs of the industry.
“Warwickshire is a hotbed for electric vehicle technology, with research facilities and major OEMs based in the region. This new facility will help to support learners at our college to secure employment in that sector in the coming years.”
Leanne Booth, from Miretur Ltd, added: “It has been fantastic for Miretur Ltd to have partnered with WCG on the Electric Vehicle Awareness and Battery Awareness project, and to see the Electric Vehicle training facility at Trident college now finished and operational.”