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Automotive Retail, Service and Repair

The Automotive Retail, Service and Repair industry is embracing technology in a big way across all of its sectors. This industry is suffering a skills shortage and is looking for people that are ready to work at the cutting edge of technology.

New technology has resulted in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and computerised software such as Bluetooth technology. You also have wireless gear shifting and electric bicycles, and fuel injection technologies due to environmental and emission regulations.

What does this industry cover?

  • Vehicle Body Repair
  • Automotive Electrical
  • Mechanical Heavy Vehicle
  • Mechanical and Specialisation
  • Bicycles
  • Motorbikes
  • Outdoor Power Equipment
  • Sales, Parts, Administration and Management

Job hunting information

Due to the advancement in technologies in this industry, there are a number of skills that will be required if you would like to work in one of these sectors. They include STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and language, literacy and numeracy skills including digital literacy.

An Australian Apprenticeship pathway is a preferred method to gain entry into this industry and there are a number of pre-apprenticeships available.

The good news is that most automotive skills are transferable across the different sectors.

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Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a large industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 11 649

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has remained stable.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is low to medium.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

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