ASE Education Foundation presents apprenticeship pilot program at ATMC Conference

Intended for high school and college automotive students, the apprenticeship pilot program puts students to work in an actual repair shop while still in school and pairs them with a trained mentor who follows a structured development plan for the student.

George Arrants, vice president of the ASE Education Foundation, presented a new apprenticeship pilot program during the recent ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC) conference. 

Intended for high school and college automotive students, the apprenticeship pilot program puts students to work in an actual repair shop while still in school and pairs them with a trained mentor who follows a structured development plan for the student. The program was created to address the skills gap by allowing students to learn the workplace culture, build competence and increase productivity before graduation. 

During the ATMC conference, several presentations were also made by ASE industry partners and the United States Air Force, highlighting the importance of training and retention of service technicians in the automotive industry.

During the conference, ATMC released the results from its annual survey on training benchmarks within the auto and heavy-vehicle service and repair industry. The survey is conducted to establish a series of metrics to help the industry recognize trends, provide a comparison standard and align the offerings of training providers with the needs of training consumers. 

“In light of the trends we’re seeing when it comes to recruiting and retention within the industry, we really appreciate the opportunity to present our apprenticeship pilot program to the ATMC conference attendees,” said Mike Coley, ASE Education Foundation president. “We had some productive discussions and received feedback and ideas that will assist us as we develop and implement programs that help prepare the next generation of the automotive service workforce.”  

About ATMC

The ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC) was founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization designed to promote the advancement of training and professional development within the automotive service industry. Reorganized in 2009 as a member of the ASE family of organizations, the ATMC continues to help members stay abreast of innovations in training by facilitating interaction among its members. For more information, visit www.atmc.org

About ASE Education Foundation

The ASE Education Foundation works with over 2,300 automotive technology training programs and over 50,000 students nationally to provide the transportation industry a viable workforce through standards and credentials for institutions, organizations and individuals. The Foundation also offers career development and workplace exposure by creating relationships and partnerships with employers.  For more information, visit www.aseeducationfoundation.org


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