For the first time, Baylis have taken on five new apprentices to train exclusively on the maintenance and repair of electric vehicles. This is an important investment in the future for our group,with sales of EVs reaching new highs.
Sales of electric cars (including hybrid vehicles) doubled in 2021 to a new record of 6.6 million. More cars were sold each week of last year than in the whole of 2012, according to the annual Global Electric Vehicle Outlook. Sales kept rising strongly into this year, with two million electric cars sold worldwide in the first quarter, up by three-quarters from the same period a year earlier.
Baylis Service Director, Julian Bawdon. said: “This is the first cohort that will now focus on the new electric vehicle technology.” Julian, who is responsible for the Baylis apprentice programme, is very concerned over the lack of technicians trained to work on electric vehicles. He urges all vehicle repairers to invest in apprenticeships to ensure the capability to keep EVs on the road is there.
“The industry is already under resourced with most repairers having long term unfulfilled vacancies,” Julian added.
“This has meant customer vehicle service and repair dates are stretched beyond reasonable time frames. This situation only gets worse as the more traditional technicians retire and new registrations of electric vehicles increases. “
The number of electric cars on the world’s roads by the end of 2021 was about 16.5 million, three times the amount that it was 2018. The UK government’s strategy is to increase public electric vehicle charging infrastructure to match rising demand, and to end the sale of new petrol and diesel petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. Vauxhall and MG have some of most advanced EV models on the market, with sales on the rise, so it is crucial that Baylis have skilled personnel in place now to ensure the continued success of the business.
The Baylis Group is one of the largest independently run Vauxhall groups in the region. It has an annual apprenticeship recruitment programme and employs over 350 dedicated staff in its nine branches. It also has an MG franchise in Gloucester, two stand-alone accident repair centres and an independent used car and autocentre operation at Worcester.
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