EV Technicians are More In-Demand Than Ever - Here's How to Spark Your EV Career with S&B Automotive Academy
The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has been a game-changer in the automotive industry, with increasing numbers of drivers making the switch from traditional gas-powered cars to eco-friendly electric alternatives. However, this shift has brought with it an unforeseen challenge: a shortage of trained EV technicians.
According to a report by the Social Marketing Foundation, the UK's automotive sector is facing a skills shortage that could see as many as 25,100 EV technician vacancies go unfilled by 2027. This shortage is predicted to worsen over time, with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) warning that the UK will run out of qualified EV mechanics by 2030.
One of the main factors contributing to the shortage of EV technicians is the lack of professional automotive training available. Many traditional automotive training programs don’t cover the complexities of EV systems, leaving mechanics ill-equipped to diagnose and repair electric vehicles. In addition, many established mechanics are hesitant to invest in the expensive training required to specialise in EV maintenance, particularly as the technology is still rapidly evolving.
This presents an excellent opportunity for young people to pursue a qualification in the field of EV maintenance. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider an EV qualification
Growing demand for skilled technicians
As the number of EVs on the road continues to grow, so too does the demand for skilled EV mechanics - this means that future job prospects for EV technicians are excellent, and pursuing an EV qualification could put you at the forefront of this exciting and rapidly growing field.
Good pay and benefits
The shortage of qualified EV technicians has also resulted in competitive salaries and benefits for those who do enter the field. According to Talent.com, EV technicians can expect to earn an average of £37,500 per year, with some companies offering additional benefits such as company cars and healthcare. This makes an EV apprenticeship an attractive option for young people who are looking for a stable and lucrative career.
Chance to make a difference
By working in the field of EV maintenance, you'll be making a real difference to the environment. EVs produce fewer emissions than traditional gas-powered vehicles, which means that every repair or maintenance job you undertake is contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future.
Exciting and challenging work
Working with EVs is not only financially rewarding, but it's also intellectually stimulating. EV systems are highly complex, and diagnosing and repairing faults requires a high degree of technical expertise. For those who enjoy a challenge, an EV apprenticeship can provide an exciting and dynamic career path.
Opportunities for career progression
As the field of EV maintenance continues to grow, there are increasing opportunities for career progression. For example, you may choose to specialise in a particular area of EV maintenance, such as battery management systems or charging infrastructure. Alternatively, you may decide to move into a management or training role, sharing your expertise with the next generation of EV technicians.
S&B Automotive Academy offers a range of EV qualifications to support the industry and your career development:
- L1 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Awareness 603/1465/5
- L2 Award in Preparing Heavy Electric/Hybrid Vehicles for Repair (incl Bus & Coach) 603/4181/6
- L2 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Routine Maintenance Activities 603/1466/7
- L3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement 603/1468/0
- L3 Award in Heavy Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair & Replacement (incl Bus & Coach) 603/4182/8
- L4 Award in the Diagnosis, Testing and Repair of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles and Components 610/0975/1
In conclusion, pursuing an EV qualification is an excellent option for young people who are looking for a stable and rewarding career path, or experienced technicians looking to further their development. With the demand for skilled EV technicians only set to grow, now is the perfect time to take the first step towards a career in this exciting and rapidly evolving field.