Silverlake completes IMI-accredited EV-dismantling training  

Silverlake Automotive Recycling has completed an Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) accredited EV dismantling course from ELEVATE – an NA International initiative. The course recognises those who pass as accredited EV dismantling technicians by the IMI.

Silverlake  has been processing growing numbers of electric vehicles every month. 2023 saw an increase of 172% in all high voltage vehicles compared to 2022; further identified by a 94% increase in fully electric vehicles and a 218% increase in hybrid vehicles. The training is part of the company’s drive to equip its people with the skills and competencies to deliver the services needed by customers and to do so safely.

The NA International EV dismantling course provides training from electrically qualified, manufacturer-trained and IMI-certified staff with more than 35 years of experience. Participants learn how to make high voltage vehicles safe and how to remove high voltage components and batteries after the vehicle has been made safe, and are issued with an IMI certificate on completion.

Tom Harvey, organisation development manager at Silverlake said: “As of the end of February 2024, there are now over 1,000,000 fully electric cars on UK roads and a further 620,000 plug-in hybrids. The automotive industry is evolving and we are investing in our people and our facilities to serve our customers, future-proof our business and embrace the opportunities presented. This is the second EV training course we have undertaken with NA International and we are impressed by the quality of their trainers and the valuable mix of theory and practical training.”

Ken Byng, director at NA International Group, said: “I was delighted to roll out this inaugural ELEVATE IMI-accredited End-of-Life Electric & Hybrid Electric Vehicle Dismantling training course to two of the key staff at Silverlake involved in their industry leading end-of-life EV operation. It is reassuring to see the seriousness with which Silverlake takes its responsibilities in both educating its staff, and keeping them safe in this area.”