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TAFE NSW electric vehicle training preparing automotive workers for the future

TAFE NSW Kingscliff

TAFE NSW electric vehicle training preparing automotive workers for the future

Enrolments for TAFE NSW’s Electric Vehicle Skillset course on the North Coast are increasing, as automotive workers look to upskill, to prepare for the industry’s future.  

The Federal Government has recently released the National Electric Vehicle Strategy – to increase the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce emissions. The strategy has prompted calls from the automotive industry to ensure there is a well-planned and supported transition for employees across the automotive industry, so they can adapt and re-skill.

TAFE NSW is well placed to meet this need, with interest in the Electric Vehicle Skillset course peaking in the Kingscliff area. More courses have been added as industry locals praise the concepts being taught - which includes repair techniques, isolation of high voltage batteries, depowering / repowering and diagnostics and testing.

Peter Clarke recently completed the course and owns Spinners Automotive as well as SIXT car rentals. He has offered the use of any electric vehicles in his fleet, for the students to utilise for future courses.

Peter believes electric vehicles are making a huge impact in the Australian marketplace – and says it’s important to upskill now. 

“TAFE NSW is preparing the industry for changes in this space and their role is vital as more workers make this transition,” he said. 

“Their equipment, facilities and teachers are all top quality. This course is allowing us to equip ourselves to take our business in a different direction, as electric vehicles become more prominent. It is incredible to see this being rolled out and I’ll do whatever I can to support it.”

TAFE NSW Teacher for Automotive Trades Clint Flower says partnerships with industry are essential to ensuring more mechanics are retraining and learning the essential components for electric vehicle maintenance.

“The enthusiasm and support we are seeing from the industry is really encouraging,” he said.

“By working closely with experienced and respected automotive experts to deliver this course, we can highlight the exciting opportunities in this space.”

TAFE NSW is adding more courses as demand increases on the North Coast. For more information about studying at TAFE NSW, visit or phone 131 601.


Media contact: Lauren McAllister, Communications Specialist,, 02 7920 5000.