Apprentice Stories [THA 193]

Rex Lee works at McNeil’s Auto Care headquartered in Sandy, UT and went through the McNeil’s apprentice program

Elijah Pierce works at parkway automotive in Little Rock, Arkansas, graduated the apprenticeship program in November 2019, current ASE Master certified technician at Parkway

Bryan Stafford works at Parkway Automotive in Little Rock, Arkansas, ASE certified L1 Advanced Level Specialist technician and current mentor at Parkway

Key Talking Points:

  • Words and stories from former apprentices and current mentors
  • Through the apprentice program, Rex Lee went from a quick service team member to a full-fledged technician
  • You need a special attitude, like passion and motivation to join an apprentice program and stick with itA two-year program sanctioned by the Federal Dept. of Labor
  • Skilled trade like engineers, plumbers and electricians have an apprentice program and title their learners as ‘journeymen’. Whey don’t we? 
  • Bryan is a senior technician and the mentor at the shop, but he says the senior person doesn’t need to be the mentorMust be the right person who wants to be a mentor
  • Who wants to help teach and guide.
  • A great learning experience for a mentor
  • When you teach you learn
  • You modify your interaction with the apprentice based on their ability to learn and assimilate the information. Learn their tendencies.
  • Apprentices usually don’t go to a trade school and will get their theory and hands-on in an apprentice program.There is a curriculum
  • There is training that will be necessary in the evenings
  • The student will learn on their own
  • ASE requirements with the stages of the program
  • There will be online courses and leader-led (Covid Considerations)
  • You need to be farsighted and realize the outcome of your training
  • Find candidates throughSchool district, Counselors
  • High School Trade programs
  • Word of mouth through your customer base
  • Careful recruiting and find a person who is trainableTwo years is a short time to learn a career. The coarse is intense that requires the right attitude and desires
  • Student needs to keep their humility to always be learning
  • Upon graduation, there is still so much to learn
  • Rex is now a mentor for a new apprentice 
  • It gets easy to talk about the automotive trades to counselors and parents when you have an apprentice program inside your business 
  • An apprentice program, like these, will minimize or almost eliminate debt for the studentIncentives like tools or a toolbox can be part of the program when milestones are reached

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Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

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