Automotive Industries – Leaders in Innovation

The Automotive Sector is seen as the leader in innovation with significant developments in new technologies within the manufacture and servicing of vehicles. This shows an increase of just over one million new vehicles and ninety thousand motorbikes sold in Australia last year.

The rise is an indication of how quickly the sector is evolving and how enhancing workplace skills is critical to this evolution.

Between May 2018 to September 2020, PwC’s Skills for Australia (PwC) worked closely with industry experts, associations and peak bodies to identify current skills and practices within the automotive sector. The review intended to improve specific automotive vocational education and training products to align with recent industry developments.

Whilst reviewing the training products, key developments recognised to impact the industry and workforce were:

  • emerging technologies (equipment utilised to service and repair vehicles)
  • emerging vehicle features (inclusive of internal and external, and safety)
  • changes to vehicle manufacturing (new techniques and machinery)
  • changes in legislation (consumers rights and environmental regulations)

The Automotive Retail, Service and Repair training package reflects 741 training products available to the public on training.gov.au. During the three-year review, Industry experts who participated on five Automotive Industry Reference Committee’s worked with PwC to update, remove and develop 48 qualifications, 304 Units of competency and nine skill sets across the following sectors:

  • Automotive vocational preparation
  • Automotive servicing
  • Advanced automotive qualifications
  • Heavy mechanical technology
  • Cooling and air conditioning
  • Automotive vehicle body repair 
  • Marine mechanical technology 
  • Light vehicle qualifications
  • Outdoor power
  • Sales and administration
  • Vehicle body repair
  • Motorcycle mechanical technology qualifications
  • Light vehicle underbody, Exhaust and braking systems, Steering and suspension systems, Tyre servicing, and Electrical technologies

As new vehicles and emerging technologies are shaping the way we live, it has become vital to invest in our automotive workforce of more than four hundred thousand nationally and ensure training resources are adaptive to emerging developments.

With the reduction of emissions from the development of new vehicles and the investment to continue to ensure future vehicles are even more environmentally friendly. PwC and ISACNT will continue to work closely with local industry experts to align workplace practices and technologies to specific automotive training products.


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