CARS Panelists Discuss Tactics for Finding, Retaining Techs

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 3, 2017—Attracting and progressing immature technicians is a obvious emanate in a automotive aftermarket, though many emporium owners don’t know a best ways to proceed anticipating a viable solution. Bill Haas, Donny Seyfer and a far-reaching accumulation of attention experts were on palm for CARS@AAPEX 2017 to yield useful techniques and resources to fight this critical challenge.

According to one graph in a “Grow Your Own Technicians” session, 39 percent of technicians in 2016 were 55 or older, while usually 13 percent of technicians were in a 18–34 age range. Much of a eventuality centered on how to partisan millennials and stream students in an bid to diminution a age gap.

One of a pivotal takeaways in reaching a younger era is that technicians and emporium owners need to get concerned with organizations like NATEF and NASTF, as good as internal college and propagandize boards. John Eppstein of San Diego–based John’s Automotive Care sits on a substructure house during a internal college. He pronounced this is removing concerned with a village and articulate to students is critical in directing people to a aftermarket.

Chris Chesney of Advance Auto Parts reiterated a need to contest with other industries and get in front of students with propagandize boards.

“All a other professions are represented during these, though we’re not there,” Chesney said.

Jeff Lovell of ASA Northwest stressed a significance of building and progressing a clever tutelage program, that can attract field by internal colleges. Lovell pronounced that if we provide an neophyte right and say a clever work environment, it creates loyalty.

Though many schools have separated emporium and woodworking classes that learn students technical skills, some schools around a nation are holding action. Teachers like Chuck Sprague during Wheat Ridge High School have grown science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM programs, to learn kids profitable technical resources.

Sprague module started during Wheat Ridge High School in 2014 with 16 students in a operation from valedictorians and at-risk students. The students worked side by side to build vehicles for critical competitions around a country. Sprague and 8 of his students were on palm during a eventuality to plead a project, and their new win during a Shell Eco-marathon.

“I saw there were no emporium or woodworking classes, so we immediately grabbed during a initial thing we could see, that was this class,” pronounced one of a students on a panel.

The students devise to join careers in engineering, biology and even nursing, though they pronounced a module has taught them a lot about hands-on technical work.

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