AW Repair Group commits to EV training

AW Repair Group has become the first UK bodyshop group to sign up its entire workforce to Thatcham Research’s EV Ready programme.

The EV Ready training programme, which consists of online and face to face learning, will help technical and non-technical staff gain EV skills and awareness.

Included are topics such as EV technology identification, health and safety awareness for non-technical teams and EV working voltages, components, tools, equipment and repair competence.

Steve Hoe, technical development and VM manager at AW Repair, said: “We have been investing in EV training and equipment for quite some time now and as a result, have some highly trained EV technicians, particularly at our specialist TecKnowlogy Centres. However, for us it’s vital that the whole team across all our sites understand the risks of working with EVs.

“This training is not just for our technicians and bodyshop staff. We plan to reach all corners of our business, with EV Ready forming the basis of a standardised learning and induction process for all current employees and new starters, including apprentices. From customer liaison advisors to valet and transport to behind-the-scenes staff, everyone at AW will complete EV Ready.”

Dean Lander, head of repair sector services, Thatcham Research, said: “With more than one million electrified vehicles on UK roads, insurers and other work providers are looking for network capability. Our certified programme will help bodyshops protect their staff and build a future-ready business.”