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Apprenticeship Program

Future-Proof your shop with ASTA’s Automotive Apprentice Program

Investing in the future of your business is crucial to its success, especially in the aftermarket industry. The North Carolina Automotive Apprenticeship Program is an excellent way to do just that. By participating in this program, you can mentor and develop the next generation of automotive technicians while benefiting from their part-time work at your shop.

Benefits for Your Business

As a part of the program, you can have one of your skilled technicians serve as the apprentice’s mentor, helping them learn and grow as professionals. By doing so, you’ll invest in the long-term success of your business by grooming your own skilled and trained employees. Moreover, this program provides opportunities for your current employees to advance their careers through mentorship.

No Cost to You

The best part? Participating in the program will not cost you a thing. The only requirement is that your shop maintains a membership in good standing with the ASTA.

How to Participate

High school seniors interested in the program must register and be placed with an approved shop before graduation. If you’re a shop owner interested in participating in the North Carolina Automotive Apprenticeship Program, you can contact ASTA for the form to become an approved apprentice host-shop. The ASTA staff will work with you to find an apprentice in your area. Once you have an apprentice in mind, you can interview potential apprentices to see if they are a good fit for your team.

Registering as an Approved Apprentice Host-Shop

Details on how to register as an approved apprentice host-shop with the ASTA, including requirements and contact information.

Interviewing Potential Apprentices
Tips on how to conduct effective interviews with potential apprentices to find the best fit for your shop.

Shop Benefits

Participating in the North Carolina Automotive Apprenticeship Program can benefit shops in several ways, including:

Access to skilled and trained apprentices who can support your business operations and help increase productivity.

Opportunity to shape the skills and expertise of the next generation of automotive technicians to meet the needs of your business and the industry.

Potential for reduced turnover and recruitment costs as apprentices tend to be loyal to their host-shops and are more likely to stay with the business after completing their apprenticeships.

Enhanced reputation as a business that invests in the development of its employees and contributes to the growth of the automotive industry in North Carolina.

Access to resources and support from the ASTA and the NC Apprentice Program to help ensure the success of the apprenticeship program and your business.

Apprentice Benefits

Participating in the North Carolina Automotive Apprenticeship Program can benefit shops in several ways, including:

Hands-on training: Apprentices get practical, on-the-job training in automotive repair and maintenance from experienced professionals.

Paid work experience: Apprentices are paid while they learn, so they can earn a living while building their skills.

No student debt: Apprenticeship programs do not require students to take on student loans or incur debt, unlike traditional college programs.

Professional certification: Upon completion of the program, apprentices receive a nationally recognized industry certification and a Journeyman’s card, which can lead to higher-paying job opportunities.

Career advancement: The skills and experience gained through the apprenticeship program can open up opportunities for career advancement and higher wages in the automotive industry.

Steps to ASTA’s Automotive Apprenticeship Program

Shape the future of the automotive industry and your business? Don’t miss this chance! Take the first step today and contact ASTA to start shaping the future of the automotive industry!

Host-Shop Approval Form

Contact ASTA for the form to become an approved apprentice host-shop.

Local Apprentice Placement

The ASTA staff will work with you to find an apprentice in your area.

Candidate Interviews

Interview potential apprentices to see if they are a good fit for your team.

Compatibility Assessment

Interview potential apprentices to see if they are a good fit for your team.

Participation Agreement

The shop owner and the apprentice sign an agreement to participate together in the program, outlining the requirements and expectations from both sides.

Take the First Step!

Apprenticeship Program Documents

ASTA Apprentice Program

Apprenticeship Recommended Tool List

Onboarding Process for Apprentices

NC High School
Automotive Programs

NC Community College Automotive Programs

News & Articles

GTCC Aims to Address Automotive Technician Shortage

GTCC Aims to Address Automotive Technician Shortage

GREENSBORO, N.C. — There is a nationwide shortage of automotive technicians, which is causing repair times to be longer.

What You Need To Know
The number of graduates completing programs in the automotive sector has dropped 20% since 2020
Most people working in the automotive industry are over the age of 55
Derek Morehead is a first-year student at Guilford Technical Community College
Derek Morehead’s high school automotive class helped determine his future in the automotive industry. He says he took it for fun then shortly fell in love with it.

But these automotive classes aren’t widely available.

“There’s not as many automotive programs and high schools as there used to be. However, from what I’m seeing and hearing is that’s going to make a comeback not only in the automotive sector, but also other aspects of career and technical education like carpentry, electronics and things like that, which is fantastic,” said Guilford Technical Community College Department Chair Jeff Faircloth.

The number of graduates completing programs in the automotive sector has dropped 20% since 2020, according to TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit that guides students into careers as professional technicians.

Now, a first-year student at Guilford Tech, Morehead gets to turn his passion into a career.

“Being able to see what I’m learning actually does matter when I go to work,”
Morehead said. “It definitely makes me more engaged in class acts and more questions.”

Working part-time at Mercedes helps him apply what he’s learned in class.

“It’s nice having to go to school and work at the same time. So like whenever I’m at work, if I don’t understand something, I always can come here and like get a deeper explanation of it than what I could get at work,” Morehead said.

Faircloth added the goal of the automotive program at GTCC is to get students jobs in the industry and help the local economy, as well as help the students be successful.

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