10th March, 2022 ยท bulletin

Automotive Apprentice Survey

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To: Dealer Principals & Service Managers

(Please note, the survey link below is intended for completion by current automotive apprentices)

Many members have expressed concerns about serious skills shortages occurring in our sector, especially among automotive tradespeople. An important component of the shortage is the difficulty members experience in attracting and retaining apprentices in the workshop. Some estimates put the dropout rate among automotive apprentices as high as 50% creating an issue that will impact upon the industry for years to come.

This issue is not unique to franchised Dealers, and independent repairers are also experiencing the same difficulties. The first step to finding a solution is having an understanding of the problem and to this end, the AADA have partnered with the AAAA and MTAQ to conduct an apprentice survey designed to provide data about the experience of automotive apprentices and whether their apprenticeship is within their expectations.

The information gathered from the survey will enable us and our partner organisations to develop better industry strategies to address the problem and will also provide empirical evidence in any approach to government we make, either individually or collectively.

There are several prizes on offer to provide an incentive for current apprentices to complete the survey and we would call on Dealer Principals and/or Service Managers to provide assistance by sharing the survey link and encouraging their apprentices to respond.

Thank you for your assistance.