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EV vehicle transition requires workforce reskilling

Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has advised the Federal parliament the automotive sector will require a comprehensive workforce strategy to address the changing job roles and skill requirements.

The body represents independent skills training, higher education, and international education providers.

ITECA’s submission to the inquiry addressed the need to reskill and upskill the auto sector’s workforce.

“As the industry shifts, new roles such as EV repair technicians, battery specialists, and software engineers for vehicle management systems are becoming increasingly important,” said Troy Williams, ITECA chief executive.

ITECA notes that the transition to EVs is going to be a large task in workforce reskilling, “As the industry shifts, new roles such as EV repair technicians, battery specialists, and software engineers for vehicle management systems are becoming increasingly important,” said Williams.

Both independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and public TAFE colleges will play a crucial role in delivering the specialised training programs required for the upskilling and reskilling of the automotive sector’s workforce according to ITECA.

“Independent RTOs will play a critical role as they support around 45.4 per cent of students in the Automotive Industry Retail, Service, and Repair Training Package,” said Williams.

The ITECA state the National Electric Vehicle Strategy outlines a solid framework for emissions reduction and the adoption of EVs, however notes it currently lacks a comprehensive plan for workforce development.

Highlighting the importance of leveraging the complementary strengths of independent RTOs and public providers, ITECA stresses the need for training that supports the EV service sector across remote, rural, and regional Australia.

“ITECA is calling for a strategic approach that leverages the strengths of both independent RTOs and TAFE colleges, advocating for a collaborative effort to meet the emerging automotive sector’s need to upskill and reskill the workforce,” said Williams.

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