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WORLDWIDE sales of hybrid vehicles produced by the market leading manufacturer reached three million units earlier this year, with hybrids being sold in 80 countries and regions.

To support this ever-growing sector, and the advances in electric hybrid vehicle technologies, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru is now offering a qualification in that specialist field.

The qualification was developed as the result of the demand from hybrid vehicle manufacturers for a qualification for their technicians, containing the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of their staff when working on high voltage hybrid vehicles.

Hybrid vehicles are now 10 years old and are appearing at local garages in increasing numbers.

A new sector-funded motor vehicle initiative which provides the motor industry with a hybrid electrical vehicle qualification packaged with an automotive air conditioning and climate control qualification is now being offered at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, Rhyl.

Graham Taylor, head of the department, said: "We have been encouraged by the positive response to this two day training initiative.

"It proves that vehicle service and repair businesses here in North Wales are embracing immerging technology.

"Because of the high voltages inherent with the vehicles' propulsion system, the need for awareness training is obvious for the motor industry to avoid serious injuries, or even fatalities."

A hybrid electrical vehicle is a type of hybrid vehicle and electric vehicle which combines a conventional internal combustion engine propulsion system with an electric propulsion system.

The presence of the electric power train is intended to achieve either better fuel economy than a conventional vehicle, or better performance.

The Level 3 award in Automotive Air Refrigerant Handling (QFC) is the minimum qualification required by EU Regulations for anyone working with automotive air conditioning. Over 90% of all cars are now fitted with air conditioning, recently referred to as climate control.

The qualification is aimed at all sectors of the motor industry, including service & repair, body shops and vehicle dismantlers.

Funding by the Welsh Government is for a finite number of courses to be delivered in Wales. Coleg Llandrillo Cymru has already exceeded its target, and has requested, and successfully been granted, additional funding to ensure the automotive industry in North Wales benefits from the training on a long term basis.

If you are an employer or employee within the motor industry and require details about the training opportunity, contact Kit Edwards at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru on 01745 345797 or 07855 782 971.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2011
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