As part of the High Gear project, NAACAM is conducting a quarterly skills survey with its members. The purpose of the quarterly survey is to accurately identify which skills and occupations currently, and potentially in the future, present the largest risk to the sustainability of the industry. The survey is supported by the High Gear initiative funders: the UK Government’s Skills for Prosperity programme, the States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
The inaugural survey focused on the existing and likely future skills gaps in the industry. The results revealed that the automotive component sector faces a range of skills gaps across all occupational levels. Respondents suggested a holistic approach combining theoretical and technical training, as well as greater workplace exposure is required to address the skills gap.