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Electric Upgrade: St. Lawrence college to offer upskilling course for EV repair

Kingston, Ontario — A new electric vehicle repair training program is on the way to St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., thanks to a partnership between the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) and the government of Ontario.

The project to be undertaken by this partnership will see the development of two automotive training programs, the first being an upskilling program for pre-existing workers to gain a basic knowledge of EV repair processes.

The second program is an eight week training program that gives job seekers an opportunity to explore a career in the automotive trades.

“It is important that industry, with government support, implement solutions to meet our industry’s labour needs, which includes ensuring that automotive tradespeople are properly trained to service electric vehicles and raising awareness to break stigma and attract more people to the industry,” said AIA Canada president Jean-Francois Champagne.

“We are thrilled to be working with Minister McNaughton, the government of Ontario and St. Lawrence College on this initiative.”

The two programs will be financed by Ontario’s Skills Development Fund. A timeline for when the programs will be delivered has not yet been announced.

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