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Success of Electric ELVES training programme

ELVES, Ireland’s End-of-Life Vehicle compliance scheme, has welcomed Minister of State Ossian Smyth to Plunket College of Further Education in Dublin to celebrate the success of the Electric ELVES training programme for Authorised Treatment Facilities, who are involved in the collection and recycling of electric vehicle batteries.

The Electric ELVES programme was developed by ELVES and has been running since 2018. It provides free collection and recycling of electric vehicle batteries from all ATFs in Ireland, as well as information supports and free training on the safe handling of EVs when they reach their end-of-life.

Andy Latham, EV trainer from Salvage Wire Ltd. (left) and Minister Ossian Smyth TD.

A key success of the Electric ELVES training programme has been ELVES’ ability to offer free training to ATF personnel from all around the country in nine locations so far: Dublin, Naas, Galway, Monaghan, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Athlone, and Sligo, with more being planned.

This has been made possible due to the enthusiastic support of a number of different training establishments, ELVES says.

Minister Smyth together with Fiacra Quinn, CEO of ELVES, personally thanked representatives of the training venues who have supported and hosted the Electric ELVES programme since its inception.

From left: Karen Mahon, ELVES board chairperson; Robert Ledwith, motor teacher, Plunket College; Minister Ossian Smyth TD; Adrian Delaney, principal, Plunket College; and Elena Wrelton, compliance manager ELVES.

The Minister also presented specialised electric vehicle toolkits to representatives of these training venues, as a small token of ELVES’ thanks for their support.

At the event, the Minister was provided with a short demonstration of ATF training by trainer Andy Latham of Salvage Wire Ltd.

Minister Ossian Smyth commented: “To see the Electric ELVES programme go from strength to strength is a reflection of the enthusiasm for upskilling to meet the fast-changing requirements of this industry as well as an obvious industry commitment to the sound environmental management of these emerging battery technologies.

“To see the support that ELVES has received from the host venues underscores how a programme can grow with cross community and multi-agency involvement.”