Copart becomes IMI-approved EV training provider

Copart UK has announced it has become an IMI approved accreditation centre, which enables it to deliver essential IMI TechSafe electric and hybrid vehicle training across its nationwide Operation Centres.

The company will initially be focused on delivering IMI training for the Level 2 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Activities and the Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement.

Long term, the company plans to offer a wide range of training courses in line with further sustainability developments within the automotive industry, such as hydrogen vehicle awareness.

Sarah Oakman, training manager at Copart, said: “We’re delighted to have met the rigorous requirements of the IMI to achieve accredited training provider status and expand our remit to offer further qualifications to our teammates which will provide them with expert knowledge and technical skills development.

“We are now fully focused on establishing Copart as a high-quality and high pass rate centre for EV courses, initially operating out of our HQ in Bedfordshire with a view to setting up further locations to cover the North and South of England in the future.”

Duncan MacRae, head of performance, quality and risk, added: “At Copart, we continually invest in training and upskilling our teammates to ensure that their knowledge is always relevant and up to date, enabling us to maximise value and deliver a world-class quality level of service to our customers, whilst delivering our Plan Net Zero sustainability commitment.

“With the electric car parc continuing to grow and evolve, it’s vital that we remain strongly focused on delivering specialist training alongside the EV handling infrastructure, equipment, and processes we’ve already established over the last decade.”

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI, said: “Our data shows that the automotive sector is not keeping up with the growing EV car parc. It’s therefore hugely encouraging that businesses like Copart are making a real difference by committing to their own training and accreditation.”