Honda is working with the Institute of Motoring Industry's (IMI) presenting body awards to bring out nationwide qualifications for maintaining hybrid cars in the UK.
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To be made available to mechanics across the industry, the Automotive Internal Combustion and Electric Hybrid Technology Components and Operation Award includes practical and theory components as well as a skills-based component to be held at the Honda Institute.

New Qualifications and Credit Framework will be developed offering the award to education colleges to teach apprentice mechanics.

“I believe I speak for the industry as well as Honda when I say that this not only benefits learners, but is the responsible thing to do in terms of end-user safety and awareness,” said Mr Elliot Smith, technical training coordinator at the Honda Institute. “Independent car mechanics can also gain a nationally recognised qualification and therefore assure motorists that they are servicing a hybrid car correctly and safely.”

Since 1999 Honda has sold more than 300,000 hybrid vehicles, with a future target of worldwide sales to be 10 per cent hybrid. Civic Hybrid, Insight and a hybrid sports car based on the CR-Z concept are Honda's hybrid vehicles.

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The Automotive Internal Combustion and Electric Hybrid Technology Components and Operation Award is a joint development between IMI Awards, Honda, BMW and Toyota.