NTUC LearningHub (NTUC LHUB), in partnership with BYD Singapore, have opened an electric vehicle training centre, the first dedicated facility of its kind in Singapore.
Located in the NTUC LHUB Industry Skills Centre in Benoi, the NTUC LHUB and BYD Electric Vehicle Training Simulation Centre aims to equip automotive technicians, engineers and personnel in automotive engineering with the knowledge required for EV maintenance and servicing.
Gracing the Centre’s opening was Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, and Ministry of Transport.
The facility features six EV simulators, an EV component training section, and a new BYD e6, which will help trainees gain a working knowledge of how EVs work, as well as hands-on experience in the diagnosis and repair of an EV’s components.
Trainees can also benefit from theory lessons, case studies and group exercises, which help provide a more realistic learning environment.
According to NTUC LHUB, the training centre aims to take in around 500 students annually. With the continued growth of the EV population in Singapore, there is a need to meet the increasing demand for trained technicians to service and repair these vehicles.
In addition, as EV adoption continues to ramp up, many traditional jobs that revolve around ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles will eventually disappear. By upskilling, technicians and engineers in the automotive sector can continue to remain relevant.
NTUC LHUB’s CEO, Mr. Jeremy Ong, said, “[Combining] BYD’s expertise in EV manufacturing… with NTUC LearningHub’s unique position as a major provider of workplace safety and health training and our network within the tripartite ecosystem, this partnership will be instrumental in nurturing a pool of highly skilled EV technicians and be ready to support the widespread adoption of EVs.”
Mr. James Ng, Managing Director, BYD Singapore and Philippines, said, “As an industry leader in electric vehicles, BYD is not only committed to promoting new energy solutions, but we are also committed to uplifting the automotive sector through our contributions in the adoption of electrified vehicles in Singapore.”
He continued, “We are excited to be working with NTUC LearningHub, to be able to reach out to more workers and companies within their network, and to proactively make the move towards the new green economy through training. BYD is proud to be part of this partnership and playing a key role in Singapore Green Plan 2030.”