New program hopes to fill hundreds of automotive tech jobs in Cincinnati area


CINCINNATI (WXIX) – A new program was recently expanded to Cincinnati with the goal of getting more people to work in the automotive technician industry.

There are about 600 unfilled jobs for automotive technicians in the Cincinnati area right now, according to Automotive Apprentice Group. Another study indicates that for every four people who leave the industry, only one enters the labor market.

“It’s a great career path for a lot of people looking to find their way,” says Automotive Apprentice Group (AAG) President Joe Atkinson. young people. These jobs are in such demand that there is security and they are well paid.

Atkinson says AAG offers an apprenticeship program to fill those jobs.

“College isn’t for everyone, and those are high-paying job skills,” says Atkinson. “I go to dealerships all the time who tell me they have people making $150,000 as certified technicians. Those jobs go [unfilled] until there are 25-30% or more empty bays in the areas of these various repair centers and work awaits. »

Those accepted into the AAG program will receive hands-on, virtual training, tools, and their education at no cost.

The two-year mentored support is based on a program in Australia. Here in the United States, it is aimed at men and women between the ages of 18 and 26.

If you wish to apply for the program, you can do so here. You can also find job vacancies there.

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