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