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Tech shortage brings meeting at White House

August 10, 2018
White House officials met Aug. 2 with National Automobile Dealers Association representatives to discuss promoting the value of careers at new-car dealerships — especially service technicians — in the retail automobile industry.
The meeting followed an executive order issued last month by President Donald Trump to establish the President’s National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Board. The council is developing a national strategy to address urgent workforce issues, including a national campaign to raise awareness of the urgency of the skills crisis.
"Our industry faces an acute shortage of service technicians, and we look forward to working with the White House in any way we can to address this issue," said Annette Sykora, a former NADA chairwoman and a dealer principal in Texas. "We need to come together to address this shortage and tell the story of the benefits of employment at new-car dealerships."
Sykora is the current chairwoman of the NADA Foundation, which was founded in 1975 to raise donations to support causes such as emergency assistance for dealership employees after natural disasters, scholarships for deserving students and trained assistance dogs for children and wounded veterans.
"Service technicians are among the last jobs in America where young adults without a four-year college education can make a living wage and have opportunities to advance into management careers," Sykora said. "These jobs are critical to providing safe transportation to all Americans and are available in communities across the country."
The NADA Foundation in March announced funding for a large-scale workforce initiative to address the shortage and educate America about the benefits of dealership jobs, especially service technicians. The initiative includes a unified marketing effort by dealerships and manufacturers, and aggressive outreach with policymakers and educators.