Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)

Addressing the Need for Service Techs

Nearly 109,000 career jobs are available at U.S. dealerships today, according to a recent Harris poll. The study underlines the need for talented service techs who are looking to make repairing cars a career.

AYES (Automotive Youth Educational Systems) is a new approach for hiring and training automotive technicians. It is a national partnership of automobile manufacturers and dealers and education departments in many states around the country. Together these groups are helping fill the many open service positions by preparing students for entry-level positions in dealerships all over the country.

More than 4,500 dealerships already are participating in AYES, literally "growing" their own technicians. AYES is supported at the highest levels of the automotive industry. NADA has been an active partner with AYES since 1998.

AYES Partners:

  • Dealers: From job shadowing, to the mentored internships, to career placement, dealers act as an extension of the manufacturer and make AYES internships possible. But students aren't the only ones benefiting from the experience. Sponsoring AYES students often results in higher retention rates in the dealership service department. A survey of 2004 AYES interns found that 86 percent are still with the same dealership.
  • State and Metro Automotive Dealer Associations: State and metro associations and Automotive Trade Association Executives (ATAEs) administer local AYES programs and place students at participating dealerships. Many associations also provide scholarships for post-secondary education.
  • Automobile Manufacturers: Many manufacturers support AYES and are helping enhance the public perception of automotive service careers through marketing campaigns, such as BMW's "Teens and Wheels" initiative.
  • Fixed Operations Directors and Service Managers: Service staff members interact with AYES students on a daily basis, and, therefore, act as powerful role models. They are responsible for overseeing the AYES student during an internship and providing help and instruction.

How to Get Involved:

To find out more about how to get involved with an AYES-affiliated school in your area, call 888.339.AYES (2937) or visit

Contact AYES:

101 Blue Seal Drive SE
Suite 101
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703.669.6677
Toll-free: 888.339.AYES (2937)
Fax: 703.669.6679