Published on April 1st 2022 in

Workshop of the Future at the Collision Repair Expo

The cutting-edge Workshop of the Future Pavilion is a brand-new concept to fast-track the automotive industry’s understanding of, and transition to servicing and repairing the future generation of vehicles.

Unlike anything previously seen in the industry, the Pavilion will visually resemble a future workshop, and offer a just announced complimentary training program on the topics that matter from industry experts. The only place to experience it all is at the Collision Repair Expo, 7 – 9 April at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

“As the industry changes, the automotive technician as we know it today will need to evolve to combine the existing skills of technicians and vehicle repairers, with a new knowledge of electronics, advanced diagnostics and EV service and repair techniques,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA. “Likewise, the workshops of the future need to be designed with new generation equipment to cater to these increasingly complex, technologically driven and alternatively powered vehicles. The Workshop of the Future Pavilion is the only place to see this all together in one place.”

Given there is an industry skill shortage, the Pavilion also represents an opportunity to inspire and engage a new generation of young automotive technician, who are natively in-tune with computers, electronics and the internet. “The Workshop of the Future Pavilion is a ground-breaking achievement for our industry, and for anyone in the trade wanting a head start on the future, or for young people looking to see how rewarding and interesting a future career in the industry could look, the upcoming Collision Repair Expo is the place to be,” added Charity.

The five Workshop of the Future education sessions will be conducted once a day across all three days of the Expo covering a range of crucial topics, each hosted by an industry expert.

  • The “Customer Experience” session, presented by Peter Rogers, National Manager of Repco Authorised Service, will focus on customer connectivity.
  • The “Running My Workshop” seminar, hosted by Lesley Yates, AAAA’s Director of Advocacy, covers how to get EV ready and get EV accreditation.
  • The “Working on Vehicles of the Future” session, presented by Jeff Smit, Technical Editor of The Automotive Technician which will explain mindset, process and technical capability.
  • The “Workshop Equipment and Pass-through Technology” session, brought to you by Brendan Sorenson, Director at The Automotive Technician, covers the skills and equipment that technicians will need.
  • The “Working with ADAS Technology”, presented by Darren Todd, Senior Technical Trainer at Robert Bosch, focuses on vehicle calibration.

The sessions at the Workshop of the Future Pavilion compliment the official Expo Seminar Series, which educates the industry on the latest critical topics. This is part of the Expo’s mission to foster the sustainability and success of the aftermarket. Topics range from Mandatory Data Sharing to EV’s, the skills shortage, business development and many more.

To view the full list of Workshop of the Future sessions and times, visit:

Registration for the Collision Repair Expo is free of charge to anyone in the trade. Don’t miss out. Register at Registration prior to attending is essential.

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