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Shortage of skilled staff in our motor industry as sales surge

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 21, 2015

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Ireland’s motor industry is facing a skills shortage with some car dealers now forced to look abroad for workers due to the apprenticeship crisis.

The recent surge in new car sales is creating a skills crisis, with the main dealers saying they cannot find enough qualified technicians to fill vacancies.

Dave Pimlott, customer service director at Ford Ireland, told the Irish Independent that if the staff shortage gets much worse, companies would have to look abroad.

“We may have to go to Germany and places like that and bring in technicians to fill the gap here. At some time in the near future, it could get that bad.”

Nissan Ireland CEO James McCarthy said dealerships were starting to “creak” in the rising car market with sales people as well as technicians in demand.

“With this in mind, we are very much encouraging our dealers to start the process of recruiting salespeople for their businesses again,” he said. It is estimated that every 1,000 extra car sales generates 130 jobs.

With sales this year likely to be 45,000 ahead of 2013, it is clear that filling all those extra positions will be difficult, leading to some dealers looking abroad to recruit workers. Irish Independent

Mechanical Engineering looks bright for the future.

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