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 it
- A 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 mentor
- Must 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 through
- School district, Counselors
- High School Trade programs
- Word of mouth through your customer base
- Careful recruiting and find a person who is trainable
- Two 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 student
- Incentives like tools or a toolbox can be part of the program when milestones are reached
Link to a fully qualified Department of Labor Automotive Apprentice Program: https://www.industryessentials.net/copy-of-home
Other episodes on Apprentice Programs:
- RR 335 Build Your Own Apprentice Program – Dwayne Myers
- RR 482 IGONC Apprentice Program. Three Students Speak.
- FTR 064 – Mike Davidson. Find Your Apprentices
- RR 383 – AAPEXedu 2018 – Road to Great Technicians – Roundtable
- THA 087 – Automotive Career’s Start in High School and in the Home
- FTR 007 – Matt Fanslow – Integrate the Malleable Young Apprentice Into Your Shop
- RR 353 – Kyle Holt – S/P2 – Helping Entry Level Technicians Enter and Stay in the Industry
- A special thanks to Rex Lee, Elijah Pierce, and Bryan Stafford for their contribution to the aftermarket.
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