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To enhance sustainability in the transport sector and reduce emissions, CILT Mobility & Supply Chain Skillnet (CILT Skillnet) has launched its new Electric Vehicle (EV) Fundamentals Micro-Credentials Programme. The programme equips learners with a broad knowledge of hybrid and battery EVs and the green skills needed to implement and maintain these sustainable technologies.  

CILT Skillnet offers a wide range of subsidised courses to businesses operating in the transport, logistics and supply chain management sectors. 

Skillnet Ireland’s Head of Network Development & Innovation, Aoife O’Sullivan, said the delivery of bespoke programmes of this type is essential for the success of Ireland’s plan to tackle the climate crisis. “EVs form a significant part of Ireland’s Climate Action plan to reduce transport emissions. Skillnet Ireland is committed to supporting programmes like the new Electric Vehicle (EV) Fundamentals Micro-Credentials Programme, from CILT Skillnet, which equips individuals with the leadership, technical skills and knowledge to tackle climate action issues. This approach will also ensure the continued growth of Ireland’s digital and green economies,” she said.

The first EV programme of its kind 

The new 15-week programme was designed in partnership with Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest and is the first of its kind.  It was launched in July, at the Limerick Strand Hotel, by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport and the Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications Jack Chambers and CILT Skillnet President Brendan Keating.  

Speaking at the launch, Minister Chambers said: “This new programme by CILT Skillnet will help in creating clear pathways to adopting a new digital green economy. Programmes like this are vital to upskilling the workforce and allowing it to adapt to a green economy.”  

 CILT Skillnet President Brendan Keating highlighted how the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is delighted to support this initiative.  He said it will make a “significant contribution to the sustainability of our transport system”. The programme consists of theoretical elements delivered through online lectures and self-directed learning. The practical element is delivered over a two-day intensive programme.   

Key outcomes for learners 

On successful completion of this module, the learner will know how to identify high voltage electrical components and technologies used in Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) powertrains and Hybrid Vehicle (HV) charging systems. They will also gain the knowledge and skills required to safely remove, diagnose and repair the components used in the various technologies. 

Further information about the programme can be found here.

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