Work Force Industry Insights

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Virtual 

Talent recruitment and hiring has remained tight in the automotive industry for many employers in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region.  On May 25, RealTime Talent will present the highlights of a series of three reports commissioned by MADA on the workforce needs of the automotive repair and maintenance industry; automotive dealers; and automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores. They will explore employment and unemployment trends, how immediate demand has been impacted by COVID-19, and what five-year forecasts look like for critical occupations in these industries. In addition to these vital labor force statistics, RealTime Talent will also highlight which skills and certifications are in highest demand and identify the critical mid-term occupation gaps due to misalignment between talent supply and demand.   

The presentation will close with a discussion of next steps that the industry can take to ensure future talent pipelines stay strong and to expand talent pool sourcing opportunities for the most critical automotive jobs of the future.  

*This event is complimentary to SPCC Members*

Meet the Presenter 

Erin Olson, Director of Strategic Research, RealTime Talent

Erin’s research career spans economic development, housing, transportation, and workforce analysis, bringing new and intersectional approaches to addressing labor recruitment and retention challenges in Minnesota. She provides diverse workforce alignment research services to a broad base of industry leaders in Minnesota, fostering data-informed decision-making and innovation between workforce, higher education, business, and economic development systems to strengthen high-opportunity career pathways. Erin holds two Masters Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Health from the University of Minnesota, where she focused on community economic development, housing, and population studies. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. 


Questions? Contact Alice Morse at or 651-789-2956