Educating Employees: Workforce Development & EVITP Partnerships

On, August 17, 2023, the Electrification Coalition hosted a webinar discussing workforce development and EVITP Partnership. There were many areas to be improved upon, and panelists had a heated discussion about training staff safely when interacting with equipment.

Speaker slide decks from the webinar:

Key takeaways from our speakers:
  • Collen McLoughlin:
    • Colleen identified major hands-on gaps in EV mechanics training; trainees need more opportunities to work on actual vehicles, especially medium- and heavy-duty, as well as needs relating to equipment and infrastructure in mechanic shops. She also placed an emphasis on training not just so workers perform their job well, but also so they are able to understand and advocate for themselves.
  • Aaron Brown:
    • IBEW offers five-year apprenticeship programs nationally, which allow electricians to get their 8,000 hours of on-the-job training in a collaborative union environment, opening them up to more hands-on opportunities.
  • Jeff Brock:
    • The goal of these programs is to train staff to ensure safety when interacting with equipment, and to make sure they have the technical knowledge and training necessary to work with emerging charging technologies.
      • What this looks like: continuous rotation training, continuous education every six months, and education in formal settings as well as on-the-job training.

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the head of policy and sustainability at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the associate director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.