Women in the workshop on the increase

The number of women in workshops is on the increase, according to nearly two thirds of automotive professionals.

A study by CitNOW found that 61% of automotive professionals have seen an increase in the number of female workshop personnel over the last five years.

The research also found that nearly three quarters (77%) of those surveyed believe that the automotive technician is respected outside the industry.

Alistair Horsburgh, CitNOW CEO commented, ‘With workshop technicians becoming more diverse, bringing with them a more modern skillset, the future of the industry looks bright.

‘Personalised video is now a key skill for technicians, often forming an integral part of workshop apprenticeships, and specialist training for technicians from programmes like the CitNOW Academy are needed to help develop this broader skillset among more tech-savvy, younger professionals.’

Gavin White, managing director, Autotech Recruit, added, ‘As the workshop evolves, it is vital that vehicle technicians receive the relevant training to work with new technologies, like video, as having the experience will soon become a fundamental part of the recruitment process.

‘There is a collective responsibility for industry leaders to help develop this expertise among aspiring vehicle technicians, ensuring they fit the requirements of modern workshops, allowing them to maintain quality service levels and continue running successfully.’