Skills Crisis

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Employment Skills Crisis

By John Girardi

In July last year, the Motor Trades Association of Queensland held its fifth Carmageddon, a one-day automotive innovation conference with attendees from a large cross section of the automotive industry, as well as government, academia, and media.

It was a terrific event and I was fortunate enough to be part of a panel that discussed the current automotive workforce crisis. In the lead up to Carmageddon 2023 in July, it’s worth revisiting what we covered in that session, given the continuing workforce crisis.

Of course, the workforce crisis is not just affecting the automotive industry.

Has it ever been this bad?
I’ve been working in the field of Human Resources for more than 25 years and I’ve never seen it this bad. The workforce crisis is having an obvious impact on the automotive industry, as well as many other industries, and it’s causing stress and burnout.