EV skills gap to rip open in 2026?

Published:  10 November, 2021

The IMI is predicting that there will be a 35,700 shortfall of EV-qualified technicians by 2030, with 2026 marking the point at which the skills gap will become very apparent, according to a new study from the organisation.

Using the SMMT upper scenario on EV adoption, the IMI has predicted that the number of TechSafe qualified technicians required by 2030 is 90,000. In 2020 there were 15,400 qualified. Based on current trends, there could be a shortfall of 35,700 qualified technicians by 2030.The forecast also specifies that the gap could occur as early as 2026.

As a result, the IMI is reiterating its appeal to the government for a funding commitment on EV skills training. The organisation believes a £15m boost would make a significant contribution towards training for up to 75,000 technicians. The government already committed £1.9bn for charging infrastructure in the 2020 Spending Review to support the transition to zero emission vehicles.

IMI CEO Steve Nash commented: “The current gaping chasm in EV skills not only presents a safety threat for those who may risk working on high voltage vehicle systems without appropriate training and qualifications; it also means the premium on skills could add to costs for motorists, creating another, unnecessary deterrent to the switch to EV”, concluded Steve Nash.

“The government wants the adoption of EV to continue at a pace – the investment in EV charging needs to be matched by an investment in EV skills training to help employers ensure the workforce is EV-ready and electrified motoring doesn’t come at a premium.”

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