• Chronicle the transformation of the auto industry from the old auto industry to a new more efficient auto industry, especially as it relates to the new skill and training requirements of the auto workforce.Learn More

  • With the focus on the workforce, identify the effects of the auto industry structural transformation on the auto parts supply chain. Learn More

  • For displaced workers, ascertain the promise of green job opportunities now and in the future as alternative career pathways.Learn More

  • Identify the skills gap and the required educational and technical training needed to make transitions into new occupations.Learn More

Finding New Careers for Displaced Autoworkers

Even before the Great Recession, the auto industry in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio was in the throes of restructuring. Firms were already applying new technologies and production efficiencies, reducing costs, and modifying product lines to equal or beat global competitors. All of this was accompanied by an extended period of downsizing. The Great Recession just compounded the challenges the industry was already facing.

The regional economy is at a fundamentally different place and cannot return. As the auto sector works toward its revival, there are significant workforce issues that must be addressed.


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