Myerscough College and University Centre is part of a £1.3million project designed to train mechanics how to repair electric and hybrid vehicles.
Myerscough is one of five colleges involved in the Lancashire Automotive Skills Accelerator Project funded by the Department for Education, which will bridge the skills gap in low-carbon vehicle mechanics.
The scheme aims to create low-carbon skills centres across the county, providing significant investment in cutting-edge technologies and upskilling teachers to ensure that study programmes meet the needs of employers and the industry.
The project also aims to support the Government’s commitment to withdrawing the sale of new petrol or diesel cars in 2030 as part of the UK’s net-zero targets, by working with dealerships and independent garages to train the employees of the future in the service repair and maintenance of electric and hybrid vehicles, motor sport, plant vehicle technology, battery technology and charging infrastructure.
The project will also create a range of new short courses to meet employer needs, whilst Master Technicians will deliver masterclasses for staff and students.
A Lancashire Independent Garage Network will be established to support businesses in the sector with skills and guidance on how to meet the future industry demands for such vehicles and to adapt their business for growth.
The Institute of the Motor Industry expect a requirement for 90,000 technicians by 2030 with a 35,700 shortfall.