Sector Skills Assessments (SSAs) - Skills priorities for the Automotive Retail Sector
The following papers describe the current and future skill priorities for the sector in the UK and its constituent nations. The priorities draw on research undertaken by the IMI and a range of secondary sources and looks at what drives skills demand, what the current skills needs are and what the future of the sector might look like.
Some current key skills priorities include:
· Technical skills are in constant demand and are the most recognised skills gap throughout the nations of the UK. This is largely due to the phenomenal pace of new technology being launched. The low carbon agenda is accelerating these changes as alternatively powered vehicles are the future for the industry. Smaller businesses with no vehicle manufacturer franchises agreements are at particular disadvantage in this area.
· The quality of managers and leaders in the sector in general needs improvement. Having good strategic and visionary managers is key to enabling the sector to successfully emerge from the economic crisis.
· Although it is widely accepted by employers that improving management and leadership skills is essential for the sector, it is not common for managers to be able to identify the need in themselves.
· Customer service, sales and problem solving are also skill priorities for the sector.
To read a summary of the UK's skills priorities click here
To read the full Sector Skills Priority report for the UK click here
To read the Sector Skills Priority report for England click here
To read the Sector Skills Priority report for Scotland click here
To read the Sector Skills Priority report for Wales click here
To read the Sector Skills Priority report for Northern Ireland click here
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