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Driving Talent: Developing Next-Gen Talent for the U.S. Automotive Sector


A recent SME study asked automotive experts in the US industry which issues pose the greatest concern to them as they prepare for the future. More than half expect to lose 20% or more of their workforce due to retiring workers. Three-quarters anticipate major challenges finding the workers they need. One in five survey respondents indicated they are “not sure” how they’ll fill vacated positions.

Kristin Dziczek, director of the Industry, Labor and Economics Group of the Center for Automotive Research (Ann Arbor, MI), said “Demographic and technological trends are critical threats to the US automotive industry’s ability to meet future talent demands. The United States’ automotive leadership position is in jeopardy.”

The U.S. is facing an automotive talent crisis—one that requires urgent attention, thoughtful solutions, and collaborative strategies. In this report, we’ll examine that talent gap in detail and explore ways our nation can quickly act to reverse current trends and retain its leadership in the auto sector.

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