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Auto Apprenticeship Program Launches In Northern Kentucky ‘To Address The Dire Shortage Of Area Service Technicians’ - As Nationally, There Are Nearly 700,000 Job Openings For Service Techs

Published Thursday, June 16, 2022
by The Northern Kentucky Tribune
Auto Apprenticeship Program Launches In Northern Kentucky ‘To Address The Dire Shortage Of Area Service Technicians’ - As Nationally, There Are Nearly 700,000 Job Openings For Service Techs

(NORTHERN KENTUCKY) - With an estimated 25% to 30% of Northern Kentucky-area auto service bays unused for lack of Service Technicians (and 700 Tri-State Technician job openings posted on job recruitment sites), an Apprenticeship Program to address that shortage is expanding from Louisville to the Northern Kentucky area.

Automotive Apprentice Group (AAG) matches auto dealership and truck center operations with area residents pursuing a path to a well-paying career. 

AAG was created by a former owner of numerous auto dealer operations throughout the Nation and in partnership with an internationally renowned workforce development expert and architect of a highly successful AAG-like Apprenticeship in Australia.

The first-of-its-kind Apprenticeship in the U.S. is a two-year program where Apprentices are compensated at a competitive wage and with no out-of-pocket expenses (thus, no incurred debt).

AAG Apprentices learn and develop skills through on-the-job training at local dealerships, discovery-based e-learning, and hands-on training and practice.

Upon completion of the program, the Apprentice earns a national certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.

And all necessary tools and a computer are provided to each Apprentice.

For participating auto dealerships and truck centers the program is completely turn-key - AAG manages Apprentice recruitment, conducting of candidate interviews, orientation, soft skills training, payroll and compensation, insurance, mentoring and on-going career coaching - as well as the education and training for each Apprentice.

AAG was initially launched in Louisville.

Jobs provided to Apprentices upon program completion average an initial annual salary about $60,000.

Though just ramping up in the Northern Kentucky area, several area residents have already enrolled in the program.
 
Though AAG Apprenticeships are for anyone with an interest, they have been especially attractive to Men and Women age 18 to 30 for whom college is not an option or a preference.

AAG was founded by David Peterson, who previously owned auto dealerships around the Nation for more than 40 years.

He has witnessed firsthand the critical need of the next generation of skilled Service Technicians.

Nationally, there are nearly 700,000 job openings for Service Technicians.

“The technician shortage is an industrywide challenge, yet there has never been a truly national program in place to address the shortage,” Peterson said.

To Continue Reading This Apprenticeship And Training Labor News Story, Go To: www.nkytribune.com/2022/06/auto-apprenticeship-program-launches-to-address-dire-shortage-of-area-service-technicians/

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