The Victorian Government has unveiled a new purpose-built electric vehicle laboratory, which will aim to increase the skills and provide accreditation for emerging specialised technicians across the state.
The new laboratory, at the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence at Docklands, will be home to new technology in electronic training boards and simulators, new computers and software programs and sophisticated teaching aids.
This equipment can simulate almost all variants of EVs, making it flexible and adaptable to current and future markets.
These facilities will improve the learning opportunities of new students and apprentices, while also upskilling existing industry technicians.
Kangan Institute will deliver a wide range of EV-specific accredited courses and skills to give those in the automotive industry the chance to upskill, including a new apprenticeship program specialising in EVs.
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The new facility is set to support the Victorian Government’s target for EVs to make up 50 per cent of all new light-vehicle sales by 2030.
Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the investment will support auto industry workers to become fully trained EV technicians.
“With more electric vehicles on our roads, it’s critical that Victorians have the specialist training they need to service them safely,” Tierney said.
Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Sheena Watt said the facility will contribute to the immediate community as well as the wider state.
“This investment benefits our whole community – creating more jobs, skills and a more sustainable future,” Watt said.