Training methods for young apprentices
Hi all, I am from Australia and we are no different to what you are going through in the States in that we have a major skills shortage within our industry along with apprentices that finish their time and come out incompetent due to an inadequate training model that is clearly not working. I am interested in everyone's views on the answers to this growing problem.
I am also interested in learning how others in the world are educating your apprentices and is it effective? Do you have any suggestions of a better training system?
Do you have a major fall out of apprentices who do not complete their training? We seem to have close to a 50% fall out rate. One of our new programs being offered here in Australia is a mentor program that is offering our young apprentices the industry access to a mentor who is not associated with their place of work, and it is giving our apprentices a means of communicating their issues with an outsider who then can mediate between the apprentice and the work place. This is proving successful, but it is not happening nation wide and it is a fairly newly concept so it will take a while to fully take off.
The other problem is our school educators are not encouraging our young people to consider a career in the Automotive industry, we are still seen by most educators as a dirty industry, not a desirable and rewarding career path. I believe in the States you have a tech force program which is a committee of non for profit members who are working with educators in your schools to help change this concept and to help present the Auto industry as an attractive career path for young people to consider. Is this working? are you seeing increase in young peoples interests?
I have a national meeting on Friday and this is one of our agendas and it would help me greatly for have some feed back on this complex topic.
I hear you Maurice. The tech shortage is a real crisis. I’d encourage you to Google search “The Road to Great Technicians” by Chris Chesney. It‘a probably one of the best presentations/strategies I’ve heard regarding this issue we’re facing. The aftermarket needs to get involved in the high school education process to show young kids that there are a lot of options in the automotive industry…
Hi Nick this road to great technicians by Chris Chesney is gold, thank you I have got a lot of good info. Tell me do your apprentices do 2 years tech school before starting a job as an apprentice?
Hi Maurice, It seems that many programs are 2 years. I believe that many of them at the local college level have a hands on requirement to pass but I don't it's not enough time for the apprentice to go to work at a shop with major supervision. The ASCCA program will have a lot more hands on than other college programs I've seen. I'm not sure what kind of hands on is included in the model that
Thanks again Nick I just looked up ASCCA and there is a lot to read about the program, I will have a better look at it when I get more time.
Hey Maurice, There’s a very skilled technician that I highly respect in Queensland, his name is Steve Foster. I believe this is his shop: fostersace.com.au He told me about the mentorship and training system there. I recall it being quite a lot more rigorous and professional than what we have here in the states. Another person you should get in touch with is Martin
Hi Andrew I do not know Steve Foster but I will look him up when I get a chance. this is a link to my shop allautos.com.au allautosadvancedtuning.repcoservice.net It is very important that we pay our techs properly and training is vital I will talk more later but thank you for connecting with me and for your input.
Hi Maurice. We won't hold being from Australia against you. In 1972 I had a £10 "Assisted Passage" emigration arranged from England to your shores, but life got in the way and here I am in Canada instead! Woulda, coulda, shoulda? I don't know. Maybe one day I will travel there as I do have family and a friend or two in Australia. My own background is from apprenticing in UK many years ago and
Martin I do apologise for not responding, everything you have said makes a lot of sense and I really appreciate the time and effort you have put into your reply to my post. There are many comments you make that I full understand and can relate to. "Support in the workplace truly falls down to management and the structure of the dealership and employee participation in every aspect from initial