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MTA holds first EV information session for repair industry

A spread of experts and leadership members from both the MTA and RAA spoke at the event

The Motor Trades Association (MTA) has held an electric vehicle (EV) information session alongside the Royal Automobile Association (RAA) for the repair industry. 

The session was aimed at bringing Australia’s vehicle repair sector together to support the industry’s preparation for the rise of hybrid and EV technology. 

The first-time event was held at MTA’s headquarters in Adelaide and was attended by more than 150 people from 75 automotive businesses. 

“While we know EVs won’t overtake petrol and diesel tomorrow, the MTA are delivering quality training that will both build an EV skilled workforce and upskill existing automotive technicians to enable this inevitable transition,” MTA CEO Darrell Jacobs says. 

“The automotive sector is in the midst of the most significant innovations to mobility and transport seen in living memory, and helping it prepare for new vehicle technology is a primary focus.” 

Guests heard from industry experts and senior leadership from the RAA and MTA and had the chance to tour MTA’s training facility. 

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RTA future technology expert Simon Halford says the event also featured presentations on topics such as vehicle batteries, battery recycling and the vehicle market outlook. 

“Ultimately, it’s about making sure RAA’s Approved Repairer network is ready for the EV wave, so we can continue to provide the level of service that our 815,000 members expect,” Halford says. 

Jacobs says the MTA is engaging with all levels of government on the transition to zero and low emissions vehicles. 

“Assisting automotive businesses transition and reskilling our workforce of more than 15,000 automotive technicians is a key priority,” Jacobs says. 

MTA says it’s now regarded as a national leader in EV training and has provided new pathways for qualified technicians. 

Among its current course offerings are shorter one and five-day safety courses aimed at entry-level technicians and apprentices working with EVs. 

The MTA has also begun developing a pathway for apprentices starting out in the automobile industry. 

“We work closely with the SA Skills Commission and have developed a dual trade for apprenticeships, for heavy and light, and combined that with auto-electrical,” Jacobs says. 

“It allows apprentices to develop the skills for today and for the future.” 

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