More automotive technicians in B.C. can upgrade their skills to work on electric vehicles (EVs) through the expansion of the EV Maintenance Training program to three additional colleges.
“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 (TTBC), the program will be offered at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, College of New Caledonia’s Prince George campus and Camosun College’s Interurban campus in Victoria.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Mercier, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training —
“As part of our modernization of the trades training system, these new and ongoing professional development opportunities ensure the trades can continue to offer exciting lifelong careers for automotive technicians, with opportunities to reskill or upskill in key areas. On top of that, evolving our training opportunities to meet demand helps expand capacity for energy efficient products and services that align with our CleanBC goals.”
Andrew Ross, automotive service technician instructor, Okanagan College —
“We know from speaking with our students and with industry that there is huge interest and a real need for EV training. This funding ensures we can tool up to deliver state-of-the-art training that will help our students be in demand and get jobs. It means our students are training with the very latest technologies and training aids. So, it’s a win-win-win for our students, for Okanagan College and for employers.”
Guy Ellis, president and CEO, TTBC —
“The increased investment in EV training aligns with TTBC’s strategic priorities of collaboration and innovation. This government support for the post-secondary system to work with industry promotes trades and trades workers contributing to the action on climate change.”
Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen —
“Our skilled tradespeople in rural B.C. are essential for keeping the places we work, live and play safe and comfortable. In this case, they also help keep our vehicles on the road and operating smoothly. By expanding this training program, we’re building on our provincewide charging network for electric cars. Drivers in every corner of the province can confidently make the switch to an electric vehicle knowing that they will be able to get local service where and when they need it.”
- 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.
- TTBC 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.
To learn more about the initial BCIT EV training program, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019EMPR0113-002331
To learn more about Okanagan College, visit: https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/
To learn more about the College of New Caledonia, visit: https://cnc.bc.ca/
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/