Today, local MP Karl McCartney officially opened the fourth RMI Academy of Automotive Skills training site in Lincoln.
This new facility is part of the RMI’s commitment to address the skills shortage in the automotive industry by providing affordable, high quality training for garages on a more local basis.
Stuart James, RMI Director comments: “As the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars approaches, the lack of technicians skilled in hybrid and electric vehicle repair is one of the biggest threats to this plan.
“We would like to thank Mr McCartney for supporting our efforts in this step forward to provide the skills needed for technicians in the local community to repair the growing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on our roads.”
MP for Lincoln Karl McCartney comments: “I am absolutely delighted to see a new training centre for automotive technicians opening within my constituency, offering as it does a wonderful opportunity for young people in our community to learn skills that will support them for the rest of their lives.
“But by partnering a fantastic long-standing local firm with a dedicated expert professional body, to focus on Hybrid and EV vehicle training, this particular centre also puts Lincoln at the cutting edge of technology.
“This will offer a double-whammy of opportunity for trainees and the sector as a whole, at a time when only around 5% of technicians in the UK are currently qualified to work on these vehicles.”
The new training site joins established facilities in Runcorn, Winchester and Southam, where a wide range of weekly MOT and technical training courses are available to all garages in the motor trade.
Call 01788 538 399 to enquire or book a course, or visit RMItrainingAcademy.co.uk for course information.
The RMI Academy of Automotive Skills was set up by the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) in 2015 to act as a leading resource for automotive training in the UK, and delivers high quality, cost effective training with no commercial interests.
About the RMI
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.