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EV skills training to be offered at Camosun College

EV skills training to be offered at Camosun College

March 29, 2021 at 10:11 am  BC, News, Politics

Automotive technicians in Victoria can upgrade their skills to work on electric vehicles (EVs) through the EV Maintenance Training program offered at Camosun College.

As more EVs get on the road in B.C., demand for EV maintenance jobs will continue to increase.

“We’re supporting the growing popularity of EVs by helping auto technicians develop the skills they need to work on EVs in service centres across B.C.,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “The expansion of the EV Maintenance Training program will help grow our EV sector and make it even easier for British Columbians to make the switch to an EV, putting us on the road to a cleaner, better future.”

With $440,000 through the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric program and in partnership with Trades Training BC, the program will be offered at Camosun College’s Interurban campus in Victoria, Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus and College of New Caledonia’s Prince George campus.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Burnaby campus initially launched the program in 2019 to provide Red Seal automotive technicians with the skills they need to work on EVs. This program expansion will prepare British Columbians for good-paying jobs of the future and post-pandemic economic recovery.

“We are laying the groundwork to make the switch to electric vehicles easier and more convenient for people,” said Lana Popham, MLA for Saanich-South. “By funding this program at Camosun, we are equipping students with marketable skills for a world where more and more EVs will be on the road.”  

Red Seal automotive technicians wanting to upgrade their skills in EV maintenance should check each college’s website for course details. Pilot training will begin in fall 2021.

“Camosun is excited to lead the way as the regional provider of electric vehicle maintenance training for Vancouver Island,” said Patrick Jones, automotive technician program leader, Camosun College. “Our expert instructors, state-of-the-art teaching technologies and industry-level 929 square-metre (10,000 square foot) training centre makes Camosun uniquely ready to be an electric vehicle education hub for the local auto industry and automotive technicians seeking to enhance their skills.”

This increased investment in EV training aligns with the Province’s StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, which protects people’s health and livelihoods while supporting B.C. businesses and communities.

Quick Facts:

  • The Zero-Emission Vehicle Act, passed on May 30, 2019, requires all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in B.C. to be zero-emission vehicles by 2040.
  • Trades Training BC is a consortium of 15 B.C. public post-secondary educational institutions created to promote trades training in British Columbia. Its primary function is to encourage students and others considering career retraining to explore trades as a viable career option.

Learn More:

To learn more about the initial BCIT EV training program, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019EMPR0113-002331

To learn more about Camosun College, visit: http://camosun.ca/

To learn more about Trades Training BC, visit: https://www.tradestrainingbc.ca/

To learn more about the suite of CleanBC Go Electric programming, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/zeroemissionvehicles

To learn more about the CleanBC plan, visit: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/

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