OhAbout 50,000 auto workers urgently need to be upskilled to safely handle and repair electric vehicles if Australia is to meet its state and federal targets, a top industry body has said.
The Motor Traders Association of NSW (MTA NSW) is calling on the State Government to help fund EV safety and repair training, warning that by 2030 49,000 workers will need to be retrained for technology changes. Required.
The authority, which represents businesses in the state’s automotive industry, said it fears that without the government’s support, the industry will be severely underprepared to service and repair EVs as the state plans to sell EVs by 2030. is working to increase the number of sales by 52%. 31 – By 2035, the majority of new car sales are expected to be electric.
“Our industry is already struggling with a skills shortage and as we face the biggest transformation in our sector’s history, it is vital that specialist training in electric car and battery maintenance is a priority. To ensure the safety of everyone who operates an EV as well. To reduce driver risks,” said MTA NSW CEO Stavros Yallouridis.
“The current system and availability of training is inadequate and we are calling on the incoming NSW Government to fund more EV training across the state to develop our workforce.”
In order to work on EVs, businesses must undertake safety training to meet their obligations under section 19 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW). Special training is necessary for workplace safety, as EV batteries are high voltage, between 400 and 800V DC.
It is understood that training for jobs such as mechanics and electricians can cost up to $3000 per person, resulting in a $100 million bill for NSW alone for the more than 49,000 licensed technicians there.
These costs would be borne by automotive businesses – many of which are small and family-owned – and do not include the additional infrastructure and space required to service EVs.
This comes amid a national skills shortage within the automotive sector, which faces a shortage of around 38,000 skilled professionals and a limited number of technicians qualified to service and repair EVs.
With the expected increase in the number of EVs, it is estimated that Australia will need an additional 14,000 qualified EV technicians by 2030.
In addition to its call for help with training, MTA NSW wants the State Government to amend the Skilled Migration List for NSW to help attract workers from overseas, for internal combustion vehicles. Ensure implementation of end-of-life strategies. To build a proper and recycling system for EV batteries.
“With the large number of EVs hitting the market between now and 2050, recycling mechanisms must be implemented now to deal with the influx of end-of-life cars and damaged batteries,” Yallouridis said.
“The materials inside EV batteries can be both caustic and hazardous, so care must be taken in the storage and transportation of used EV batteries to protect our environment and keep EVs on the market,” he added. to ensure smooth introduction of
The wheels The NSW Department of Transport has been contacted for comment.