Blackburn College selected for hydrogen vehicle training pilot

By Tim Aldred

08 May 2024

Blackburn College EV Training

Blackburn College has been chosen by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) to pilot a new hydrogen vehicle qualification.

Through its its state-of-the-art Hybrid Electric Automotive Training (HEAT) centre, opened in 2022, it will deliver Level 2 and 3 hydrogen vehicle awareness qualifications aimed at those already working in the industry.

Both qualifications will ensure that the region’s motor industry is equipped with the skills and resources to work with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) technology, which is anticipated to sit alongside electric as an alternative green choice for drivers as we move towards reducing vehicle emissions.

Level 2 is designed for those who may encounter hydrogen vehicles and require safety awareness. While Level 3 builds on this to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to safely carry out the removal and replacement of components in FCEV systems.

Training will take place on site at the college’s HEAT centre, with use of its fully-interactive Toyota Mirai training rig which was installed with funding from the Department for Education.

Michael Yerbury, advanced automotive technical trainer at Blackburn College, said: "The IMI is predicting there will be 90,000 automotive technicians trained by 2030, increasing to 111,000 by 2032.

"The government’s target to ban the production of petrol and diesel cars by 2035 means that we need to be prepared with the skills to manufacture and maintain these new technologies. Training now will only work in your favour.”

Dr Fazal Dad, principal and chief executive of Blackburn College, said: “We’re honoured to be chosen by the IMI to lead the nation’s drive towards zero emission automobiles. There are plentiful opportunities, specialist teaching teams and skilled support staff at the college to help upskill technicians and introduce new learners to the world of automotive.”

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