Inchcape Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at preparing leaders and talents to support the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.
The partnership will see both entities partnering to develop advanced EV training curriculum on design, assembly, system modelling and simulations for students.
SP lecturers and Inchcape Singapore’s Aftersales team will collaborate and create modules centred around future mobility. With input from the latter, it is hoped that practical, industry-related knowledge will be provided to students.
To further support learning and other research projects, Inchcape Singapore will also donate lithium-ion batteries to Singapore Polytechnic.
At the event earlier today, a lithium-ion battery pack from a Toyota Prius+ was presented to SP. Torque understands that more batteries will be provided in the future, and these may include units from older cars. Such batteries will provide opportunities to study their potential for secondary uses.
According to the educational programme mapped out by SP, over 550 Inchcape Singapore staff will have done the EV 101 course by end-2023.
In addition, two SP students will be attached to Inchcape Singapore as part of an internship programme slated to begin next year. There are also plans to increase the student intake in the future.
SP graduates and those making a mid-career switch who are trained in SP’s programmes can assimilate into three main functional departments within Inchcape Singapore’s Aftersales team.
The available roles range from Service Consultant and Service Engineer, to Technical Engineer, Quality Engineer and Business Development Executive.
Jasmmine Wong, CEO of Inchcape Greater China and Singapore, said: “At Inchcape Singapore, we are always seeking new and bold ways to power our drive towards a future of sustainable mobility. This partnership with SP allows us to push our ecosystem further towards this future.”
Soh Wai Wah, Principal and CEO of SP, said: “At Singapore Polytechnic, we believe in growing our brand of quality education in sustainability as a powerful vehicle to contribute to sustainable development.”
“Our strategic partnership with Inchcape will promote lifelong learning opportunities for learners of all ages, and imbue them with the knowledge and capabilities in EVs to build a future of sustainable living.”