Opening of the new Lincoln RMI Academy training site

RMI has opened its fourth Academy of Automotive Skills training site in Lincoln.

The new facility, opened by local MP Karl McCartney, is part of RMI’s commitment to addressing the skills shortage in the automotive industry, he said.

Stuart James, Director of RMI, said: “As we approach the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, the lack of qualified technicians in the repair of hybrid and electric vehicles is one of the most major threats to this plan.

“We would like to thank Mr. McCartney for his support of our efforts in this breakthrough to provide the necessary skills to technicians in the local community to repair the growing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on our roads.”

The new training site joins existing facilities in Runcorn, Winchester and Southam, where MOT and technical training courses are available to all motor trade garages, RMI said.

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney said: “I am absolutely delighted to see a new Automotive Technician Training Center open in my constituency, providing a wonderful opportunity for young people in our community to learn skills that will support them for the future. rest of their lives.

“But by combining a fantastic, long-standing local business with a dedicated specialist professional body, to focus on hybrid and electric vehicle training, this particular center also puts Lincoln at the forefront of technology.

“This will provide a dual opportunity for trainees and the industry as a whole, at a time when only around 5% of technicians in the UK are currently qualified to work on these vehicles.”

The Automotive Industry Institute (IMI) has called on the government to invest £15m in training electric vehicle (EV) technicians.

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