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EV skills training to be offered at College of New Caledonia

Automotive technicians in Prince George can upgrade their skills to work on electric vehicles (EVs) through the EV Maintenance Training program offered at the College of New Caledonia (CNC).

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

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

“The automotive industry is rapidly changing as electric vehicles become more commonplace on roads,” said Frank Rossi, dean of trades and technologies, CNC. “We’re thankful for this investment prioritizing student knowledge towards the maintenance of electric vehicles, which will further their success in the new industry that awaits them. CNC is also thankful to local employers and industry partners it is partnering with to help deliver this vital training.”

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.

“This program will help more people in the North build the skills we need for the economy we need – a greener, cleaner economy for rural B.C.,” said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “It’s a great opportunity for our communities to pitch in and support B.C.’s goals for a cleaner future.”

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.

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