The Land Transport Authority of Singapore to upgrade and certify electric vehicle maintenance and servicing professionals
This initiative is part of the government body’s efforts to support the adoption of electric vehicles and achieve Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 through a skilled workforce.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore has partnered with 21 organizations, including automotive industry partners, vehicle fleet owners, training providers and other government agenciesto train and certify automotive technicians in safety-related areas of electric vehicle (EV) maintenance and servicing.
This decision, materialized on May 30, 2022 (Monday) by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is part of the government body’s efforts to improve the skills of the local workforce in order to support the adoption of electric vehicles and achieve Singapore’s Green Plan 2030.
As part of the MOU, the parties involved will identify a core skill set for the safe handling of high voltage systems, as well as electrical troubleshooting and diagnostics. These skills then form the fundamental knowledge and skills in the maintenance and repair of electric vehicles, which technicians must acquire before handling such vehicles.
According to LTA statement, it will work with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and training providers, such as the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West, Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, to develop and implement foundational training courses based on the list of skills identified. The training should be available in the second half of 2022.
“To ensure the affordability of these training courses, LTA will work with SSG to provide base grants of up to 70% to help offset course fees,” its statement shared.
In addition to the training courses, a new national level certification program will also be established to recognize automotive technicians who have completed these courses and successfully achieved the required skills. The certification, reaffirmed by LTA, will be recognized by all parties to the MOU and pave the way for technicians to subsequently undergo additional specialized training in electric vehicle maintenance.
Beyond this, the government body will also work with SSG and Workforce Singapore (WSG) to retrain new and existing automotive technicians to take on these roles through programs such as SSG’s SkillsFuture Career Transition program and the WSG’s Career Conversion Program (CCP), which eligible companies or participants can receive salary support for the duration of the training. This is a complementary LTA measure aimed at building a pool of skilled labor for electric vehicle maintenance roles.
Separately, LTA has also signed another MoU with ITE to designate ITE College West as the second satellite assessment center of Singapore Bus Academy, after Republic Polytechnic was appointed as the first satellite center in January 2022.
This is part of an overall movement to move Singapore towards a 100% cleaner energy bus fleet by 2040, and to ensure that a steady pipeline of skilled professionals is available to support and sustain the bus industry. in its transition to more sustainable modes of public transport. For information, bus technicians from the four public bus operators – SBS Transit, SMRT Buses, Tower Transit Singapore and Go-Ahead Singapore – will be able to use the two satellite assessment centers for the training and assessment of technicians in the maintenance and upkeep. electric and hybrid buses.
“A joint certificate issued by LTA and the Singapore Institution of Engineers (IES) will be awarded to those who successfully complete the Technical Skills Assessment under the National Charter Scheme for Technicians at IES,” shared LTA press release.
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