The Automotive Apprentice Group (AAG) is launching a new apprenticeship to address the ongoing service technician shortage in the area. The program will serve the greater Louisville metro area and reaching up to the Northern Kentucky region.
AAG was initially launched in Louisville. Jobs provided to apprentices upon program completion average an initial annual salary of about $60,000. Though just ramping up in the northern Kentucky area, several area residents have already enrolled in the program. Nationally, there are nearly 700,000 job openings for service technicians.
“For us, it’s a great business decision. By committing to a proven apprenticeship program, you’re addressing the shortage of technicians – which impacts the dealership and our customers. It also provides a pathway to promising careers for young people – or anyone – looking for a well-paying job that will always be in demand.”
Ed Keady, Managing partner at Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati/Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
AAG was founded by David Peterson, who had previously owned a few auto dealerships around the nation for over 40 years. During that time he has witnessed firsthand the critical need of the next generation of skilled service technicians. The first-of-its-kind apprenticeship in the U.S. is a two-year program where apprentices are compensated at a competitive wage and with no out-of-pocket expenses.
AAG apprentices will learn and develop skills through on-the-job training at local dealerships as well as participate in discovery-based e-learning with hands-on training. Upon completion of the program, the apprentice earns a national certification from the U.S. Department of Labor. All necessary tools and a computer are provided to each apprentice.