Automotive lecturers power ahead with electric vehicle training


Automotive lecturers are powering up their knowledge of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - thanks to a training initiative held at New College Lanarkshire.

The Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) Automotive Training Network recently held a training programme for automotive lecturers across Scotland to achieve the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement.

The ESP is a collaboration of Scotland’s colleges and industry partners aiming to increase the country’s capacity to deliver the right skills for the energy, engineering and construction sectors to meet industry demand. The Automotive Training Network was set up in 2016 to specifically address needs in the automotive industry – including low carbon transport.

The training will ensure Scotland’s automotive educators are at the forefront of latest developments in low carbon transport, supporting the Scottish Government’s aim of phasing out new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.

Sponsored by Transport Scotland, the training was delivered by New College Lanarkshire Lecturer Neil McIntosh, who currently holds a Level 4 qualification in Electric/Hybrid vehicle qualification and is responsible for the development and implementation of the qualification training programme for the automotive staff.

Glyn Evans, External Quality Assurer from the Institute of the Motor Industry, said: “I very am impressed with the presentation, set up and the attention to detail in which Neil has went to, giving participants a better and improved knowledge, understanding and practical abilities of electric/hybrid vehicles and systems – which is now essential learning in automotive education.”

Three automotive lecturers from West College Scotland and one from Ayrshire College completed the three-day training in the specialist automotive facilities in the Motherwell Campus.

The group worked through the qualification, which introduces electric/hybrid vehicle technology including the safety requirements of working on these types of vehicles, repair procedures and the technology’s effect on other vehicle systems.

Andy Murray, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Automotive at New College Lanarkshire, said: “This training is a typical example of the pro-active approach inspired by the automotive section and staff here at New College Lanarkshire. 

“This collaboration allows the first steps to be completed in an ongoing portfolio required by the industry and associated partners. 

“It places NCL at the forefront of this type of training and establishes the College as a market leader for bespoke industry led training which will have major benefits for future training, the automotive industry and students alike.”

Due to the success of the training, the programme will be running again in June, with both college automotive staff and external successful participants able to progress to the Level 4 qualification in Electric/Hybrid vehicles.

For more information and to reserve your space on the programme, contact Alex Sinclair ( or Andy Murray (

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