The economic crisis of 2008-2014 led to a sharp drop in demand for apprentices in the automotive repair sector. Ten years later, in 2023 and since 2020, there has been an increasingly marked drop in the number of experienced professionals, basic technicians and qualified technicians.
We are therefore witnessing primarily a demographic phenomenon affecting all aftersales professionals. Added to this is the resilience of the aftersales market: the ageing of the vehicle fleet and the continued strength of the second-hand market are leading to increased labour requirements. The recruitment shortage is particularly problematic in 2023. It is causing wage inflation as a result of numerous employees switching from one company to another.
To compensate for this shortage, the industry is once again recruiting apprentices: in 2022, 68,354 young people were in training in the specific areas of the automotive services industry, representing an increase of 2% compared to 2021, but above all an increase of 30% compared to 2017. This is still not enough, but automotive apprenticeships are becoming more attractive to young people. The tireless efforts of professionals and the training community to raise awareness of careers and how they are evolving remain essential.
EQUIP AUTO offers a special welcome to young people in training and to colleges in the industry.