Staffordshire based Smart Fleet Solutions together with Martec Training and Education have successfully launched the County’s first hybrid / electrical vehicle Awareness Day.
A first for the body and paint sector, the Awareness Day was designed to ensure that mechanics working with hybrid vehicles are aware of the potential dangers. Also serving as a means to upskill colleagues, mechanics and apprentices on and around the latest technologies and innovations linked with electric vehicle repair and maintenance, the course included;
- Hazards of working on and around hybrid/electric vehicles.
- Good working practices.
- Precautions that can be put into place.
- The job roles affected.
- Identification of dangerous components.
- Specialist tools and equipment.
The first courses of its kind for the body and repair industry, Smart Fleet Solutions and Martec will ultimately deliver the Awareness Session to 160 people across Smart Fleet’s four technical sites. This first Session was held at Smart Fleet Solutions’ Cold Meece site in Staffordshire. Working with 40 people on this first course, Chris Whitefoot, Refurbishment Manager at Smart Fleet Solutions and lead in the development of this programme of learning, speaks of the reasons behind its inception:
“As a proactive organisation, it is very important to us that our staff are always equipped with the most recent industry and technological knowledge, to enable them to safely do their job to the high standards that we require. Electrical and hybrid vehicles are very much here to stay and will be a part of the motor industry’s future; as such, through this special awareness programme, we aim to train and develop our workforce ahead of industry change.”
Further to attending the Awareness Session, a select number of colleagues will be offered the opportunity to work towards a Level 2 Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance and a Level 3 Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance.
Working closely with Chris Whitefoot, who is also the ambassador for Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Technical Training at Smart Fleet Solutions, Tracey Marson-Holland, Director at Martec Training and Education, comments on the opportunity that this event presents to the people that both organisations work to support:
“Giving mechanics the opportunity to learn and understand emerging skills and technology before it becomes completely mainstream is a powerful advantage. Hybrid and electric vehicles are a growing force and the reality is that mechanics will have to work on these vehicles more and more as the years go on. For an apprentice to be able to access focused training at this early stage of their career is fantastic. Investment into the rolling out of this training also ensures that Smart Fleet Solutions has a highly skilled workforce that will grow with the organisation.