Emerging Opportunities: Auto Industry Seeking Women for Employment
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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According to reports, employers are looking to hire more women in the automotive industry to work as auto-electricians, mechanics, spraypainters and panelbeaters.

Tech advances mean workshops are no longer the forte of men covered in grease, with cars being much cleaner and requiring less physical strength than in the past.

Citing advantages such as being better able to select colors, having an eye for detail, and having higher literacy and numeracy skills, the industry seeks to tap into what leaders say are gender traits specific to women. These skills are required to be competitive in today’s market of changing technologies.

Statistics show women remain in the minority in the industry, indicating only 10% of them are employed in automotive repair and maintenance. Reports also indicate there were 1255 female apprentices last year compared with 28,066 males. And for minorities diverse employment still remains an issue in an industry rebounding from major economic crisis, with reports citing that from 1979 to 2007, black employment in the industry fell to one in 100.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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