Automotive organisations request for a sector-specific Skills Pact

The main Automotive sector organisations have launched a joint vision for the transition pathway of the mobility ecosystem, that includes a call on the need to update the transition policies in light of the current crisis, including the Skills Agenda. 

The paper has been signed by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs (CECRA), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), and the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA).

The 10-points action plan was sent this week to the European Commission, as an answer to the Commission Transition Pathway consultation launched in January 2022. The paper specifically ask for a sectoral Skills Pact for the automotive sector, supporting the up- and re-skilling of the labour force with concrete measure and financing mechanisms. 

The Automotive Skills Alliance is mentioned as a flagship initiative under the Pact for Skills

The issue of a just and fair transition and the skills agenda should be front and centre in every legislative proposal in the Fit for 55 package. The social dimension of the mobility transformation is critical to achieving Green Deal objectives. The partnerships created under the Pact for Skills (Automotive Skills Alliance is a flagship in this area ) – must receive more support in order to effectively coordinate the reskilling and upskilling for the ecosystems between industry, education providers and regions. It should be underscored that the current education and upskilling/reskilling systems are insufficiently established for a transformation of this magnitude. Talent acquisition remains a major challenge, and there is a clear need for a more efficient and effective education process that leads to occupations that are required by industry. Transformation of the skills assets of the European labour force is a prerequisite for any technological transformation.

The issue of up/reskilling is once again put at the centre of the discussion on the green transition as an unavoidable necessity to achieve climate targets without social impacts on employment. 

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