Following the closure of Toyota and Holden factories and the subsequent end to mass car-manufacturing in Australia, analysts have predicted a reduction of 13,000 jobs in the automotive workforce, with 7,000 related directly to car manufacturing and a further 6,000 losses across tier one and tier two components.
According to the report Directions in Australia’s automotive industry: An industry report 2017 released by the Australian State and Territory Motor Trades Associations and Chambers of Commerce, that although the motor trades are lacking skilled workers, there is still plenty of opportunity connected to future manufacturing.
The sectors for manufacturing of specialist vehicles, buses, trucks and trailers is growing and is considered quite buoyant, successfully holding up employment levels in that space.
In addition to this, with the rise of uptake in electric and autonomous vehicles, many new opportunities will present themselves, including the production of hybrid/electric and autonomous vehicles and their components.
The MTA Institute is proud to be leading the way in training and is already facilitating learning opportunities for hybrid and electric vehicles; a skill which will be highly sought after in the future automotive world. MTA Institute is very optimistic about the direction that the automotive industry is heading and the breadth of opportunities available to current and future apprentices choosing to work in the motor trades.