Workforce WindsorEssex creates resource to help individuals shift into EV industry

Workforce WindsorEssex launched EV Career Pathways in Windsor, Ont., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. (Michelle Maluske/CTV News Windsor)

An exciting opportunity for those looking to shift into the electric vehicle industry. 

On Thursday, Workforce WindsorEssex launched their EV Career Pathways Resource, at Unifor Local 195's Action Centre.

This resource will provide workers who are interested in transitioning from traditional automotive jobs to a career in the electric vehicle industry, taking advantage of their transferable skill sets. 

This resource is organized into five major categories including manufacturing, maintenance, scientific research, design and development, and infrastructure.

It also outlines 61 specific career pathways for those with automotive knowledge and experience. 

Speaking on AM800's The Shift, Corey Shenken, Special Projects Lead with Workforce WindsorEssex, says this is a great resource for those considering transitioning careers. 

"It offers information and insights for required upscaling, education, so really the target demographic is those who are currently in vulnerable positions in our manufacturing and automotive industries due to the electrification of the industry."

He says the guide starts by outlining 24 job titles from traditional automotive careers. 

"We've given suggestions for upscaling to transition into up to 64 different, potential EV careers. Now these are just general job titles, so when you're looking at actual job postings, the job titles might be a little bit different. But based on our research, those are the job titles that we went with."

Shenken says the region already exceptional manufacturing and automotive experience. 

"And those are the exact type of people we're looking for to fill these jobs, or make these transitions. We know we have talent here that can fill a lot of these jobs that are being created, so we want to start making people aware of the skills that they'll need to potentially transition."

More information on the EV Career Pathways Resource can be found by clicking here.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.