The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada is pleased to announce the launch of a groundbreaking labour market intelligence project for the automotive aftermarket in Canada. The AutoConnect project, formally known as the Aftermarket Labour Market Intelligence (ALMI), aims to provide unprecedented access to functional and timely labour market information and, more importantly, shed light on the lack of knowledge pertaining to skill gaps, labour shortages and compensation.
Funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program, the research stage of the project is well under way. Researchers are already working to outline the state of the current labour market, as well as provide a gap analysis to identify the missing labour market data. The end result will be an online bilingual interactive tool that tracks significant labour information in the industry. The tool is expected to launch in the last half of 2018.
Some quick facts about AutoConnect
- The AutoConnect project is the first of its kind in the automotive aftermarket.
- The Research Stage has already begun and the final product delivery is slated for the last half of 2018.
- AutoConnect tool will make a significant impact in supporting access to functional and timely labour market information for the industry, and will be essential for industry employees and employers, job seekers, and students.
- The tool will help to:
- Showcase up-to-date employment trends (e.g. labour shortage, high unemployment rate, etc.)
- Support the development of education programs (academia, students, workforce development agencies, etc.)
- Support underrepresented groups in the industry (women, aboriginal, veterans, etc.)
- Accessing information on compensation.
- Availability of industry employment by region, occupations and demographic projections.
The AutoConnect tool will benefit the following stakeholders, in the following ways:
Employees and employers: Access to accurate, timely and comprehensive labour market information.
Government Officials: Access to comprehensive labour market information essential for more effective policy designs that will improve economy’s performance and lower unemployment.
Education: Helps to fill in educational gap, and ensure that educational institutions are planning, evaluating and implementing programs and providing guidance in both short and long-term career planning.
Youth: Career Planning and Job Connection! What jobs are trending, what skills are needed to work in those jobs, what jobs are available regionally, the salary of those jobs.
Internationally trained worker: Timely and accurate information will support foreign workers’ integration into the Canadian labour market.
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