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Training partnership supports growing demand for EVs

TAFE NSW is helping student mechanics to learn more about building electric vehicles with support from Hyundai

TAFE NSW has partnered with Hyundai Australia to provide aspiring mechanics with the necessary skills to support the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) in the light truck market. 

TAFE NSW automotive teacher Chris Isaac says partnerships between industry and training organisations are essential to ensure there are enough qualified mechanics available to service electric fleets in the future. 

“TAFE NSW has been preparing for a shift to electric vehicles for some time and our EV courses are designed to meet industry need,” Isaac says.  

“With the huge growth in the sales of electric vehicles in the last 12 months, as sales volume increases, so too does the need for service volume.” 

“This means we need competent technicians to carry out the work to the required standard. With a primary focus on safe disconnection and reconnection of high-voltage componentry, along with service and maintenance protocols, our courses support the industry in these efforts. 

“We are committed to supporting the industry, and we are constantly adapting courses to reflect industry changes and demands.” 

Hyundai has also agreed to loan TAFE NSW one of its EV trucks to help facilitate future training in this area. 

Hyundai Australia technical service manager Abdel Dabboussi says its staff found the training to be invaluable, and that the company looks forward to strengthening its partnership with TAFE NSW. 

“Hyundai Motor Company Australia has a long-standing partnership with TAFE NSW dating back to 2011,” Dabboussi says. 

“This partnership includes the donation of ex pre-production Hyundai vehicles, which the TAFE NSW network put to good use by mechanical apprentices as part of their hands on training. 

“With the recent introduction of our brand’s first EV truck, we realised the need to upskill our Hyundai technical teams on commercial systems specific to heavy vehicles, which is why we reached out to TAFE NSW.” 

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