Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has partnered with 21 organisations to train and certify automotive technicians to service and maintain electric vehicles (EVs).
These partnerships advance the LTA’s efforts to upskill the country’s workforce and support of the adoption of EVs as part of the Singapore Green Plan 2030.
The LTA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with automotive industry partners, vehicle fleet owners, training providers, and government agencies to develop training opportunities for automotive technicians, preparing them to safely handle high voltage systems and perform electrical troubleshooting and diagnostics.
The LTA will work with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and training providers such as the Institute of Technical Education College West, Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic to develop foundational training courses, which are expected to be available in the second half of 2022.
To ensure these courses are affordable, LTA will provide baseline course fee subsidies of up to 70 percent to help offset fees. A new national-level certification programme will also be established to recognise EV technicians who have completed the courses.
Qualified professionals within the public bus industry will be vital in supporting Singapore’s transition towards operating a 100 percent cleaner-energy bus fleet by 2040.
The LTA is therefore working to train and certify technicians to maintain cleaner-energy buses. The LTA has signed an MOU with the Institute of Technical Education to designate the Institute of Technical Education College West as Singapore Bus Academy’s second satellite assessment centre, following the appointment of the Republic Polytechnic as the first satellite centre in January 2022.
Bus technicians will be able to use the satellite assessment centres for training and assessments for the maintenance of electric and hybrid buses. A certificate issued by the LTA and the Institution of Engineers, Singapore will be awarded to those who pass the technical competency assessment.
These initiatives support Singapore’s shift to greener mobility, following the LTA’s commitment earlier this year to intensify its transport electrification efforts.
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