Automotive sector

Looking Ahead with the Automotive Council of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s automotive industry needs a skilled and professional workforce. The Automotive Council of Nova Scotia (ASC) has partnered to guide him through the process.

“ASC understands common industry challenges and works with employers, employees, trainers and educators to address them,” said Shannon Trites, ASC Chief Executive Officer. “It’s about knowing we’re a STEM industry, dispelling the myth of the fat monkey, breaking the gender divide, and making sure everyone has a place at the table, regardless of race, background, or background. ethnicity and gender.”

ASC leads the industry into the future and supports automotive employers and employees by developing interactive projects and resources in response to industry challenges. It also engages with industry, connecting with industry leaders, automotive employers, community organizations and educational institutions. The Nova Scotia Learning Agency, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the Department of Workforce Skills and Immigration are ongoing partners in the development and implementation of new projects.

“When you have a variety of ideas around the table, it helps generate even more ideas on how to supply and support the industry for our workers,” says Shirley Mitchell, Human Resources Manager at Coast. Drawn.

For those interested in working in the industry, ASC recently launched a new training opportunity called Pathways to Success. This is an entry-level automotive training program that aims to remove barriers to employment. The training is available free of charge to job seekers, those in retraining, the underrepresented and those wishing to advance in the automotive industry.

Developed in partnership with automotive industry leaders, employers, the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, NSCC and equity-seeking organizations, the program helps participants qualify as tire technicians and maintenance in a few months.

The program includes both e-learning and hands-on learning. Participants learn a variety of skills such as jacking and lifting cars, mounting and demounting tires, oil and fluid maintenance, corrosion application and shop etiquette . One of its aims is to prepare participants for a long career in the exciting industry.

For employers and anyone interested in working in the industry, ASC also offers the Motive Power career portal, which provides detailed information and reports that guide potential employees to apply for jobs. For those already trained in the industry as a journeyman or apprentice, the portal helps plan career milestones and helps create a free career planning report.

The portal also helps candidates discover qualities about themselves that shine beyond resumes. It details how personality and interests match certain jobs in the industry. Candidates can explore new development and training opportunities with positions that match their profile.

Employers post jobs for free on the portal, and they can sort through candidate resumes and streamline the hiring process. The portal also details pre-screening reports, interview guides and a free automatic reference checker. Employers who use the portal will experience less employee turnover and have more confidence that the right candidate has been hired and trained for the job within their company.

Pathways graduates Ayman Aly (left) and Sayed Hagar (right) with instructor Adam LaPierre (center) after completing the Pathways to Success program PHOTO CREDIT: Contribution

Meanwhile, ASC’s TestDrive program is aimed at youth and provides Grade 10 and 11 students with hands-on industry experience at multiple locations across Nova Scotia.

“The experience builds career awareness and sets them on the path to learning,” says Trites.

Students can earn three co-op credits, 300 hours of learning toward professional certification, NSCC training experience, and a paid summer internship. A financial incentive is also available for employers interested in hiring students for summer jobs.

“We know that accessing programs can feel overwhelming. CSA is your trusted partner in guiding your child towards a rewarding career,” says Trites. “We’re here to help connect you with help, support, resources and funding to choose and pursue the right automotive career.”

“We have an incredible group of students across Nova Scotia who will be exploring motive power trades this summer,” says Shannon Hall, TestDrive Program Manager.

In the spring of 2023, ASC will begin certifying employees in a new entry-level occupation: Tire and Service Technician. Over the past 2 years, ASC has worked with a group of members and industry partners to develop the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program. This approach uses pathways, skills, tools and resources to facilitate the assessment and recognition of existing skills of uncertified workers within or entering the automotive industry.

Meanwhile, CSA is already looking to the future of the industry by highlighting electric vehicles through iDev, an interactive demonstration electric vehicle that showcases the inner workings of a Tesla Model 3. All’s demonstrations EV educates youth about careers, educates consumers and exposes the industry to new electric vehicle technology.

“The iDEV is an exciting new STEM technology that shows the direction the motive power industry is taking,” says Trites. “This knowledge and appreciation will be essential for Nova Scotia businesses to understand sustainability measures in the future.

To learn more about Automotive Sector Council of Nova Scotia resources, training opportunities and portals, visit If you’d like to become a TestDrive employer and connect with some of the amazing people in the program, email [email protected].