This week, NAPA celebrates National Apprenticeship Week throughout the NAPA Network by reaching out to the next generation of technicians through its “Grab the Wheel” campaign.
This effort between NAPA and the TechForce Foundation aims to show young and upcoming auto repair technicians the rewarding careers available in automotive with “a collective goal of hiring one million new automotive and aviation technicians in the next five years” cites the press release.
Starting Nov. 13 and running through Nov. 30, interested applicants can apply for any of five NAPA Success for Techs Scholarships. Recipients will be awarded a tool kit and financial contribution this fall to jumpstart their technician career. The application and requirements are available at TechForce.org/Scholarships.
“There is so much more to being a technician than people realize,” said Jason Rainey, vice president of NAPA Auto Care. “As a technician, there is a clear career ladder in the auto industry and potential to work in other modes of transportation, such as motorsports, aviation and aeronautics. And with the growth of EV, they are on the cutting edge of technology. The NAPA Network seeks to not only show them the possibilities available to them but also provide them with the resources they need to land the career of their dreams.”
In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, NAPA and TechForce Foundation will highlight unique stories including those of Jeff Gordon, the NASCAR Hall of Famer; Chad Knaus: as the former crew chief for Jimmie Johnson; and Erica Smith, who was awarded a NAPA toolkit through its Women in Auto Care Scholarship collaboration to continue her career as an automotive technician.
NAPA, which has its existing NAPA Auto Care Apprenticeship Program that trains aspiring technicians to complete their ASE certifications in 18 to 24 months, also partners with Women in Auto Care. That endeavor has provided 20 toolkits valued at $9,000 each to female students across the U.S. interested in a career in the auto care industry. NAPA also has a strategic alliance with Universal Technical Institute (UTI), supporting the future of those seeking careers in the transportation and aftermarket auto repair industries.
To learn more from NAPA about turning your love for cars into a rewarding career, visit knowhow.napaonline.com/napa-celebrates-national-apprenticeship-week.