SINGAPORE: In coordination with 21 organizations, Singapore's Land Transport Authority will train and certify automotive technicians in electric vehicle maintenance and repair.
This week, the Authority said the move is part of its efforts to support the adoption of electric vehicles and the realization of the Singapore Green Plan, by upgrading the skills of Singapore's existing workforce.
Also, the authority signed a memorandum of understanding with 21 automotive industry partners, vehicle fleet owners, training providers and other government agencies, aimed at creating training opportunities for new and existing automotive technicians.
"Under the MOU, the parties will identify a set of baseline competencies on safe handling of high voltage systems, as well as electrical troubleshooting and diagnostics," the Authority said.
"These competencies form the fundamental knowledge and skills in EV maintenance and repair, which technicians need to acquire before handling such vehicles," it added.
The authority will also work with SkillsFuture Singapore and training providers, such as the Institute of Technical Education College West, Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, to offer training courses.
The training courses are expected to be available in the second half of 2022, and the Authority will also work to subsidize up to 70 percent of baseline course fees.
"As Singapore progresses towards a 100 percent cleaner-energy bus fleet by 2040, ensuring a steady pipeline of qualified professionals to support the public bus industry will help accelerate the transition towards more sustainable public transport modes," the Authority said.