MNCARS to Host Automotive Workforce Summit

The Minnesota Careers in Auto Repair & Service (MNCARS) will host an Automotive Workforce Summit, Tuesday, October 17 at the 3M Collision Repair Training Center in St. Paul.

The event will bring together industry (shops, suppliers, dealerships, etc.), workforce organizations (Real Time Talent, MNTCOE, MNCARS) and educators (administrators, teachers, continuing education like I-CAR and ASE) for a day of presentations by expert speaker Dr. Melissa Furman, and organizations who are actively working on addressing the talent shortage, as well as round table/workshop sessions for everyone to participate in. The goal is to raise awareness of the amazing work that is already happening, to build new collaborations, and to learn from one another to strengthen each other’s individual and collective efforts. 

Here’s what’s happening:

 7:30am: Registration & Breakfast

8am:  Opening Remarks & Recognition (each segment of participants asked to stand)

8:15am: Keynote 

9:15am: Coffee Break

9:30am: Opportunity Pitches: 10 presentations for 10 minutes each by organizations actively working on addressing the workforce crisis. Each presentation to include:

Organization brief Mission, vision, business model, scale, etc.

Current work and impact – Focus on actions and measurable outcomes

Opportunities or ask – Ways to support, collaborate, and build on efforts

11:30am: Lunch with Presentations & Networking

RealTime Talent – Data on Today’s Transportation Workforce 

Goodwill, What is Family – Sustaining-Wage?

1pm: Workshop & Round Tables

3pm:  Cookie Break – Cookie Cart Spotlight

3:15pm: Automotive Talent Management Pipeline Announcement 

3:45pm:  Closing Keynote

4:15pm:   Closing Remarks

If you are interested in attending this event, please call (612) 623-1110 or email to register.

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