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.
- 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
- 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
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 ayes.org.
101 Blue Seal Drive SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
Toll-free: 888.339.AYES (2937)