As the electronic content in vehicles continues to increase, so too will the complexity of vehicle repair and service. A network of interconnected systems, switches, sensors, modules and ECUs will put a new twist on diagnostics that will challenge even the most astute technicians to gain more skills and expertise, and require them to hone their diagnostic ability.
Bottom line: Current techs need to elevate their diagnostic skills and we need to recruit more highly skilled people into our industry to meet today’s and tomorrow’s vehicle service demands.
There is good news. A recent analysis of the 2010-2011 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarship applications shows that the typical 2010 GAAS scholarship recipient is not an “average” high school student, but rather an “above-average” one with good grades and a strong desire to pursue a career as a repair professional after graduation.
GAAS Recipient Report Card
GAAS awarded scholarships to 86 students in 2010, and here’s a rundown of what puts them at the top of their class:
82% of recipients have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better, with 36% achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Students currently enrolled in post secondary schools showed an even better academic track record, with 97% earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Of the 86 scholarship winners, 80% are training to be a technician or machinist, and the balance of students are studying business, accounting or engineering (see chart).
With 52% of recipients in the process of acquiring the necessary skills and training to become an automotive technician, it sends a strong message that they view our industry as a viable one; one in which to channel their expertise and make their career.
As you know, recruiting highly skilled technicians requires energy, effort and dedication, but we all win.
Kudos to the GAAS Scholarship program and the many aftermarket associations that, in supporting it, foster the development of outstanding, skilled techs for our industry.
Their expertise allows them to deliver quality, professional repairs that are done right the first time, and build customer trust and confidence. Their commitment to training elevates their skills and helps build your shop’s and our industry’s image. So, let’s support all our techs today’s and tomorrow’s every step of the way.
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for details about next year’s GAAS.