NSW government to retrain mechanics for electric bus deployment
The NSW government has announced a new program to retrain auto mechanics so they can work on electric vehicles, as it ramps up the electrification of its bus network.
The mechanics retraining program to work on these new buses will be carried out in partnership between Volvo Australia and TAFE NSW. It will take the form of short courses to help mechanics improve their skills and work safely with new technology.
Announcing the program on Thursday, NSW Skills and Higher Education Minister Geoff Lee said:, and maintained.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said: “With the NSW government’s commitment to introduce more electric buses, the number of workers who need to be retrained and upgraded to support these vehicles is increasing.”
Volvo Bus Australia chief executive Mitch Peden said the courses “would set an industry standard.”
âWe see the need for a national approach to staff training, skills and certification, and we are delighted to partner with TAFE NSW on these new programs.
âOur partner operators and industry have done a fantastic job in recent years in providing safe public transport – now we have the opportunity to raise safety standards even further,â he said.
James Fernyhough is a reporter for RenewEconomy and The Driven. He worked at The Australian Financial Review and the Financial Time, and is interested in everything related to climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy.