OTTAWA (June 27, 2016) — The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has issued a needs assessment report making recommendations for employers, government and the automotive aftermarket industry to increase job opportunities for women in the industry.
Officially released on June 16 during the 2016 Women's Leadership Conference, the report is based on the results of focus groups of women employed in the aftermarket industry across Canada, the AIA said.
“The Conference Board of Canada predicts that 1 million skilled workers will be needed by 2020,” the AIA said in a June 23 press release. “Although many jobs will go unfilled due to the lack of skilled workers, women remain significantly underrepresented in multiple sectors, including the automotive aftermarket.”
The report makes four key recommendations for employers in the aftermarket industry, including:
- Developing more inclusive workplace cultures;
- Implementing proactive support measures for women employees;
- Investing in measures to enhance public awareness of employment opportunities for women; and
- Continued support for training and incentive programs, as well as communications programs to raise awareness and interest in the aftermarket industry among women.