One of the biggest challenges facing the automotive service industry is the replacement of our increasingly older technician workforce. We’ve been talking about a technician shortage for years, and many independent shops, dealers and fleet operations are already having difficulty finding the qualified technicians they need. ASE has been working to help address this issue, and has created a program that can make a significant impact.
The ASE Industry Education Alliance is an effort by ASE and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) and the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC). Each organization brings a unique value and expertise to the effort of finding and training the qualified workforce of today and tomorrow by providing standards to ensure that pools of qualified technicians are available locally across the nation. Through this alliance, we as an industry will be able to provide lifelong support for those individuals who choose a technical career, with specific milestones involving educational standards, school-to-work programs, instructor support, ongoing development training for working technicians and much more.
ASE is changing to increase the value it provides to the individuals and industry it serves. I’ll keep you posted on some of the other ways ASE is working to provide lifelong career support for automotive professionals as we move ahead.