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Transport is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Actions to reduce this impact include increasing walking and cycling, use of electrified public transport as an alternative to car journeys, and a shift to Electric Vehicles (EVs). All having a significant impact on future skills needs.  

There are also Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV’s) which are powered by hydrogen. In the early stages they could become more common, particularly for large vehicles like HGVs. Skills will be needed to produce or convert vehicles to hydrogen.  

Transport in Manchester 

Manchester is a major transport hub and the move to EV’s will provide growing employment opportunities, especially jobs linked to public transport installation and maintenance. Although Manchester does not have any major vehicle manufacturer, there are many businesses which are linked to supplying this industry and there will be need for more EV charging points to be installed. As EVs become more popular the role of the car mechanic will continue to change, and they will need to learn new skills. 

The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre is new £4m technology hub leading the way in harnessing renewable energy. Exploring the science of the fuel cell and working with other specialists in the industry it could help Manchester, Greater Manchester and the North West to become a Hydrogen Hub in the future.  

Roles include: 

  • Car mechanics with skills to maintain and repair battery cells and advanced electric motors 
  • Battery specialists: qualified electricians and electrical engineers 
  • Electricians to install and repair EV charging points 
  • Skills to retrofit cars with internal combustion engines with electric battery system 
  • Electrical engineers: as fleets and railways become electrified, additional connections and upgrades to the infrastructure of the power grid and the transport infrastructure will be needed 
  • Designers and architects with the electrical engineering skills to support changes 
  • Design and data analytics skills relating to assessment, selection and evaluation of sites for charge site development 

Pathways into the Transport sector 

GC Education and Skills have a base in Trafford Park where they have training courses, traineeships and apprenticeships for people from all over Greater Manchester. You can search for opportunities for young people or adults. 

The Manchester College have Automotive courses, designed to help you kick-start your journey to a career in this industry where Electric and hybrid cars are becoming more popular.  
Find out more about automotive courses at The Manchester College

There are also a number of careers available with Transport for Greater Manchester

Contact or call 01612301057 to register your interest 

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