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Otago Polytechnic is well placed to meet the increasing demand for the specialist skills required to service and repair electric vehicles. 

“Although it is difficult to draw a direct connection between inquiries and the Government’s recent EV subsidy announcement, I’ve received a number of inquiries this week related to our EV programmes,” says Kevin O’Neill, Senior Lecturer, Automotive Engineering, Otago Polytechnic. 

“Our Automotive Engineering department has offered the New Zealand Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering (Level 5), both locally and nationally, for almost two years. 

“We designed and introduced the programme in August 2019 and it has subsequently evolved as a result of close collaborations and discussions with local industry. It covers a range of EV technologies, safety and repair. 

“Certainly, we have seen an increasing number of automotive technicians looking to upskill in regards Electric Vehicles.  

“Given the increasing demand and use of electric vehicles, Otago Polytechnic is working closely with other training providers within the sector to develop and roll out quality programmes for electric vehicle and hybrid training. 

“For example, we have worked closely with Hawkes Bay-based Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), which recently became the second ITP, after Otago Polytechnic, to offer the New Zealand Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering,” Kevin explains. 

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Published on 17 Jun 2021

Orderdate: 17 Jun 2021
Expiry: 17 Jun 2023