Staff short­ages are boost­ing de­mand for these tradies, Melanie Burgess re­ports

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ABOUT 100,000 job open­ings are fore­cast for Aus­tralia’s au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, prov­ing there are im­mense op­por­tu­ni­ties in sec­tors that of­fi­cial records sug­gest may be in de­cline.

Jobs depart­ment re­search re­veals there are not enough skilled work­ers now avail­able to re­place nat­u­ral at­tri­tion in the in­dus­try – so any­one keen to train up will be highly sought after.

Most of the open­ings are cre­ated as work­ers leave the work­force – re­tir­ing or mov­ing into a new line of work, ei­ther in a dif­fer­ent part of the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor or in a new sec­tor en­tirely.

In the five years to 2022, Jobs depart­ment data pre­dicts roles will be­come avail­able for 42,000 mo­tor ve­hi­cle and parts sales­peo­ple, 27,000 mo­tor me­chan­ics, 10,000 ve­hi­cle parts and ac­ces­sories fit­ters, 9000 pan­el­beat­ers, 8000 ve­hi­cle painters, 2000 ve­hi­cle body builders and trim­mers and 2000 au­to­mo­tive elec­tri­cians.

“The num­ber of suitable ap­pli­cants per va­cancy is the low­est since 2008,” its 2017 Au­to­mo­tive Trades Labour Mar­ket Re­search re­port states.

“De­spite growth in de­mand, there has not been a cor­re­spond­ing in­crease in new sup­ply to the labour mar­ket.”

Va­cant jobs for au­to­mo­tive trades­peo­ple at­tracted an av­er­age of 0.8 suitable ap­pli­cants for each va­cancy.

Mo­tor Trades As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Dudley says it is “ab­so­lutely” a good time to start a ca­reer work­ing with cars.

“We are fac­ing his­tor­i­cally high skill short­ages across the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor,” he says.

“With the ar­ray of tech­nol­ogy now found in mo­tor ve­hi­cles, it should be at­tract­ing peo­ple to ex­plore these ca­reers. The work can be quite sat­is­fy­ing.”

The MTA In­sti­tute at Eight Mile Plains of­fers a five-week pre-vo­ca­tional course – the Cer­tifi­cate II in Au­to­mo­tive Vo­ca­tional Prepa­ra­tion – for peo­ple in­ter­ested in an au­to­mo­tive trade and want­ing skills to help them­land an ap­pren­tice­ship.

Up­com­ing cour­ses be­gin Fe­bru­ary 4 and April 29 and may be sub­sidised by the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment.

The MTA In­sti­tute also runs a three-day Auto Camp for school stu­dents aged 14 to 17 that of­fers hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in ar­eas such as hy­brid/elec­tric ve­hi­cles and ve­hi­cle main­te­nance.

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