Hybrid vehicle training to increase student employability 

Solihull College & University Centre has embraced latest industry trends by adding unique training modules to its motor vehicle courses. 

Due to advances in the automotive industry and the growth of hybrid technology in recent years, the College has now incorporated sustainable technologies into all motor vehicle courses. Following investment from the GBSLEP, the College has ensured that the automotive training facilities at its Woodlands Campus meet the transition of industry to manufacture and supply hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles.  

Head of School for Motor Vehicle at the College, Alan Downing, comments: “We want our learners to be different. Electric and hybrid training and FGAS training for working on vehicles is not widely offered but is of increasing importance in the industry. The learners that we are enrolling are the next generation of mechanics. We are ensuring our development strategies reflect industry need.” 

The College boasts an impressive hybrid vehicle collection including a Lexus hybrid, a Honda CRZ and 2 purpose-built smart cars. The College’s Woodlands Campus houses three motor vehicle workshops, one dedicated purely for hybrid and electric vehicles.  

Student James A Miles found the new modules useful, stating: “I thoroughly enjoyed the hybrid and electric lesson we recently had. It was very informative and interesting, and I believe the whole class would agree with me.” 

This training will offer students a wider skillset in order to give them the edge in a competitive job market. 

Find out more about the College’s Motor Vehicle courses.