Major Skill Shortages In Auto Revealed

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Auto Skills Australia (ASA) has revealed research that shows that more than 4000 jobs were added to the automotive sector in the 2012/2013 financial year.
In its 2014 automotive environmental scan report, ASA says more than 361,000 people were employed in the sector as at June 30, 2013 and the strongest job growth was reported in car and parts wholesaling, repair, maintenance, and tyre retailing.
At a glance:-
• Recent employment growth in the vehicle sales, servicing and repairs sectors has more than compensated for declines in employment within car and component manufacturing

• Major skill shortages are prevalent within automotive servicing and repairs. There is a national shortage of 7,420 light vehicle mechanics; 1,869 diesel mechanics; 4,294 panel beaters and 2,663 vehicle painters

• Structural change is also affecting the automotive service and repair sectors, but savvy business operators who invest in capital equipment and workforce development will be well poised to overcome adverse market conditions.

ASA says there is a national shortage of 21,800 skilled people within the automotive industry, which it says is broken down into 7,420 light vehicle mechanics, 1,869 diesel mechanics, 4,294 panel beaters and 2,663 vehicle painters.
According to ASA the vehicle manufacturing sector only accounts for 13% of the automotive industry. Most of the sector is made up of sales, repair and servicing businesses.
The ASA report says those enterprises seeking to remain in the industry will need to have innovation at the core of their business models, along with modern workshop facilities, ongoing investment in staff training and capital equipment, and a keen focus and service outlook.

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