Automechanika, Schaeffler join initiative to attract, retain talent in the automotive aftermarket

Automechanika announced it is putting attracting and retaining talent at the top of its agenda for the next Automechanika Frankfurt show, set for Sept. 13-17, 2022. 

Olaf Mußhoff, director of Automechanika Frankfurt, photographed at the show in 2021. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel
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Automechanika and manufacturers such as Schaeffler have joined an initiative to bring new talent to the automotive aftermarket. 

The Talents4AA association was launched in March in France.

Automechanika announced it is putting attracting and retaining talent at the top of its agenda for the next Automechanika Frankfurt show, set for Sept. 13-17, 2022. 

Jens Willem Schueler, CEO of Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket, is seen at the company’s booth at Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus 2021 in Frankfurt. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel

“The automotive aftermarket offers a wealth of innovative technologies such as electrification, digitalisation and connectivity, yet many school-leavers and graduates are barely aware of the fascinating topics and perspectives that companies in the automotive aftermarket – including major, prestigious, innovative and international players – can offer them,” said Olaf Mußhoff, director of Automechanika Frankfurt. “That is why we are delighted to be supporting the Talents4AA initiative. It also nicely complements the broad-based training and professional development programme and recruiting presence for which our trade fair has long been known.”

Automechanika Frankfurt Talents Education Training. Photo by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, Jochen Gunther.

Fotios Katsardis, president and Chief Executive Officer at Temot International, was elected as chairman of the Talents4AA association for two years, the organization said. “Over the past two years, a lot of work was done to define our industry; Universities were engaged, surveys were conducted, and new insight was gained on what is important and how to approach and win potentials for the sector,” Katsardis said. “With the constitution of the association, we have just taken a major step that will allow us to communicate widely both within the aftermarket sector and beyond with the talents we want to attract. We are inviting all the industry players to join forces with us: We need to be all of us together in this noble deed, nobody should be missing out.”

Automechanika Frankfurt Talents Education Training. Photo by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, Jochen Gunther.

The initiative is aimed not only at young newcomers, but also at talented individuals of all ages, backgrounds, genders and professions, Automechanika said. Talents4AA will have a presence at Automechanika Frankfurt.

Automechanika Frankfut will once again feature practical workshops on the topic of accident repair management at the event in Frankfurt in both English and German. 

A special program aimed at schools that allows pupils and graduates to get a first look at various training professions will be featured at the show, Automechanika said. “Young professionals who have just completed their training can take advantage of this international industry meeting place to talk directly to potential employers and explore their career opportunities,” Automechanika said in a press release.

Members and partners are:

Parts manufacturers: BorgWarner, Bosch, Nissens, Schaeffler, TMD Friction and ZF;

International trading groups: Global One Automotive, Nexus Automotive International and Temot International; The European federation of the independent wholesalers and retailers of automotive replacement parts and their associated repair chains: FIGIEFA

An innovation partner: Mobilion, an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in smart mobility

•Automechanika, a leading international platform for the Automotive Aftermarket

•Dinex, the leading supplier of emission & exhaust components for heavy duty

•The University of Southern Denmark, SDU

•The Swedish Distributors Association (Sveriges Bildelsgrossisters Förening, SBF)

Learn more about Talents4AA at talents4aa.com and Automechanika Frankfurt at https://automechanika.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html


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