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‘Skilling Up Through Apprenticeships’ For The Automotive Industry’s Future

Published Sunday, December 27, 2020
by IWSI Group CEO Nicholas Wyman Via
‘Skilling Up Through Apprenticeships’ For The Automotive Industry’s Future

Is your company struggling to recruit and retain skilled Workers?

Are promising projects sitting on the shelf due to lack of able hands?

Leaders in many automotive industries think so.

And some companies are tackling the problem through Apprenticeship Programs.

Such on-the-job training makes good sense for companies that need middle-level skilled Workers and its Apprenticeships that help build that crucial talent pipeline.

Many forward-thinking companies are demonstrating how Apprenticeship Programs can help solve problems facing American businesses and society: Skilled Labor shortages in the auto sector and a growing rate of youth unemployment largely due to COVID-19.

David Peterson has been in the automotive industry for more than 40 years and knows firsthand the importance of having highly skilled and productive Technicians. 

He supports mentored Apprenticeship and encourages dealers to give it a try.

Peterson notes it’s not just the dealers who benefit: “Apprenticeship Programs ‘can offer an attractive pathway to young people to a secure, successful and rewarding career.’”

He is absolutely right.

Engaging the next generation of young Americans has never been more critical for industry and the economy.

The Nation’s nagging problem is high youth unemployment.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed an overall Unemployment Rate of 6.9% in October 2020, but it’s higher for those aged 15 to 24 (8.94%).

As well, just 63.4% of Women were in work as of September this year, compared with 69% at the same time last year, according to Pew Research.

But in late October, there were 6.4 million job openings.

Working around this is a problem for employers.

While many positions that go begging in business and industry today require university degrees, most don’t and can be filled through Apprenticeship Training Programs.

Those programs are on average two to three years long and open the door to rewarding automotive careers.

People who enter those fields and augment their skills year-by-year can achieve solid, even high, incomes.

Skilled Auto Technicians are in high demand (46,000 are needed to fill skills gaps in the next six years) and they’re no longer just Blue Collar jobs, according to CNBC.

The U.S. Auto Industry has some bright spots

General Motors (GM) has reported U.S. sales are recovering faster than expected.

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