A comprehensive seminar programme has been announced for this year’s Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, which will take place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 7 – 9 April.
Education will form a core component of the show and delivers on the event’s 2022 theme: “The Workshop of the Future Is Here”.
In conjunction with the previously announced Workshop of the Future Pavilion, the free-to-attend seminar series will consist of respected industry experts offering practical knowledge on topics that matter most to the automotive aftermarket industry.
Promising to be engaging and thought-provoking, the sessions are designed for workshop owners and managers looking for a suite of tools to gain an edge in business, through to automotive technicians looking to upskill their knowledge and further their careers.
“The Auto Aftermarket Expo seminar series has proven to be a key drawcard for the Expo and we are proud to be delivering an impressive education program designed specifically for our industry,” said Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association CEO said Stuart Charity.
“Visitors can pick and choose the seminars that are important to them.”
Skills shortages – the number one issue now affecting workshop sustainability and growth – will be the subject of one very topical seminar session.
A panel of industry leaders will tackle the challenges the industry faces, and with optimism, share ideas on how to attract staff and address skills shortages at the workshop level.
Another seminar, hosted by AAAA Director of Government Relations and Advocacy Lesley Yates, will brief attendees on the all-important Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme as it enters the final stages before its implementation on July 1.
This seminar will provide an overview of what information will be made available under the scheme and how technicians will gain access to it.
With EVs being a hot topic, Stuart Charity will host an expert industry panel discussion to demystify the issue.
This will cover the question of how soon will EVs volumes increase and by what degree, as well as the challenges businesses need to be aware of to be ready for and take advantage of this new automotive era.
Other seminar topics will include common legal issues affecting workshops, how to use data to improve business performance, getting business fundamentals in place, how to improve customer service, steps toward workshop success and the future of vehicle modification.