Automotive Dealerships on Prince Edward Island – Company hiring practices
According to the 2019 Provincial Economic Update, the volume of new motor vehicle sales increased by 4.9 per cent in 2019, while the value of those vehicles increased by 11.2 per cent. Continuing a trend observed in recent years, the volume of trucks purchased over this time period increased by 10.4 per cent, while the volume of passenger cars decreased by 7.5 per cent.
On the Island, 73 per cent of new vehicle purchases were trucks, up 4 percentage points from 2018.
PEIADA is the only Automobile Dealers Association in Canada which has 100 percent membership of all the new car dealerships in the province. This self-funded, non-profit organization represents the 21 new car dealerships on PEI.
Lisa Doyle-MacBain, Executive Director of PEIADA, says new automobile dealerships on PEI have 574 full-time and 22 part-time employees, and an annual payroll of approximately $14 million.
“It’s a challenge finding good quality staff for all positions at the dealerships. There’s a misperception that car dealerships just sell and fix cars. It’s a big business supported by receptionists, car detailers, accounting, and human resources,” she says.
“Auto Technicians are no longer covered in oil and grease all day, as perceived 20 years ago. They have to be able to read vehicle computers to determine what the problem is.”
According to the Education and Lifelong Learning provincial government website, many trades on PEI are designated, allowing workers to become certified in that trade through apprenticeship training and/or certification.
If the designated trade is certified compulsory, you are required to be a registered apprentice or have a Certificate of Qualification to legally work in that trade in PEI.
The following PEI trades are certified compulsory:
- Automotive Service Technician;
- Construction Electrician;
- Plumber; and
- Steamfitter / Pipefitter
For more information about the Designated Trades on PEI, click here.
Education & training
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