Help carve career path in the auto care sector with the Level Up! Ontario program
Canada’s auto care sector has been experiencing numerous labour market challenges, including the shortage of skilled workers. Based on a 2022 Statistics Canada study, there were over 11,600 job vacancies for automotive service technicians, more than double the amount posted in 2021.
On top of that, the same study showed that Automotive Apprenticeship Program completions decreased by nearly 30 per cent, making it one of the largest declines in about 30 years.
This skilled labour shortage is caused by various factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the apprenticeship system in Canada, low employee retention rates, and a decrease in employee recruitment.
One of the most significant factors affecting employment in the auto care sector is attraction. Canada’s auto care sector is growing, and with more and more businesses embracing electric vehicles (EVs) and providing additional training, it likely will continue. Additionally, jobs in the auto care sector are diverse, in-demand, stable, and provide healthy salaries. However, for people to enter the auto care sector and for Canada’s auto care sector to shine, these benefits must be well-known, especially for young people interested in creating their career path in the industry.
Spreading awareness: Level Up! Ontario
Level Up! Ontario is a program that spreads awareness about the skilled trades in Canada, including the auto care sector. With one of the more prominent issues in the auto care industry being attraction and recruitment, Level Up! Ontario aims to inform young people about the skilled trades and why they should consider a career in the skilled trades.
Level Up! Ontario is a series of exciting, multi-day career fairs highlighting skilled trades in Ontario, from electricians to automotive service technicians, by bringing together businesses, post-secondary institutions, associations, and more. Students—as well as parents and jobseekers—will have the chance to learn about the skilled trades in Canada through exhibitions and workshops while connecting with tradespeople and local employers.
For more information, visit Level Up! Ontario today.
Source: Statistics Canada