NOTE: The MTA says the upcoming Labor government needs to act quickly to address the automotive industry skills shortage in NSW.
SHIPPING the new NSW Labor government starts at 9:00am on Monday after a recent election led by the NSW Motor Traders Association (MTA) released a statement on how they want the government to be. New addresses what they consider ‘important’ issues affecting their membership.
The NSW MTA provides extensive industry information to its member base, representing 28 different motor trades, including member forums and on-site visits. It supports members in their day-to-day business, as well as lobbying regulators to ensure a ‘strong automotive industry’.
In its well-timed statement, the NSW MTA welcomed the new state government to power, highlighting the work it says must be done to stem the automotive skills shortage.
The NSW MTA has focused on skills shortages that have affected trade for many years and has won some concessions and support in this area from previous public administrations.
But it called on the incoming government to prioritize automotive skills training programs as the industry faces mass labor shortages.
Addressing their concerns directly with the new prime minister, NSW MTA Chris Minns reiterated the need for urgent action to help the auto industry address skills shortages through investment in training programs.
The association said in a statement that it is “eager to work with the new government to achieve priorities articulated in the election campaign, including support for small and medium-sized auto businesses, providing effective on-the-job training packages, transitioning to technologies and upskilling auto workers to safely handle and repair electric vehicles.”
As an organization representing the interests of businesses and workers in the automotive sector, the NSW MTA has previously worked with a number of MPs, who toured the headquarters and training facility. to see firsthand what it takes to enhance automotive specialization. training and to gain a greater appreciation of the ambitions of associations.
“MTA NSW looks forward to working closely with the new government and all MPs to ensure that the interests of our members are well represented and that the automotive industry in New South Wales can thrive. sustainable and prosperous,” NSW Chief Executive Stavros Yallouridis MTA.
“Our industry is facing a severe skills shortage, with a huge shortage of professional auto workers in NSW. This shortage will only be exacerbated by the advent of electric vehicles, as nearly 50,000 auto workers are required to upskill.
“The motor industry in NSW is made up of many family owned businesses who facilitate our getting from A to B and we need to see the state government commit to stepping up and invest in more programs to make sure we have enough talent to sustain us now and into the future.”
Mr Yallouridis emphasized that the NSW MTA looks forward to continuing to work with MPs from all sides in the new state parliament.