Car manufacturing in Australia may have come to a grinding halt, but there’s a record skills shortage within the automotive industry.
Nationally, more than 27,000 jobs are unfilled, and that number is set to rise next year.
Mechanics and panel beaters are in high demand with the repair and maintenance side of the industry screaming out for workers.
Those in the industry are hoping for a renewed focus on the sector, which has matured technologically in recent years.
Dale Hawke, fourth-year apprentice mechanic
Dimi Dimas, service manager, BMW Adelaide
Paul Unerkov, CEO, Motor Trade Association, South Australia
Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills