Automotive Youth Educational Systems Recruits Young Service Technicians
21 December 2000Subaru Joins as Sponsor of Automotive Youth Educational Systems; Effort to Recruit and Develop Young Auto Service Technicians Expands
CHERRY HILL, N.J., Dec. 20 Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), a pioneer of crossover all-wheel-drive vehicles designed for the active lifestyle, today announced it has become a sponsoring partner of Automotive Youth Educational Systems, Inc. Additionally, Takao Saito, SOA Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, has been invited to join the AYES Board of Directors. Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping retail automotive dealerships secure the qualified service technicians that are currently in short supply. AYES builds business and education partnerships between participating dealerships and their local high schools or tech prep schools that offer high quality automotive technology programs. Dealerships advise the schools on the technical skills that are needed to service today's sophisticated, electronically-controlled vehicles. The participating dealerships also provide opportunities for paid student internships, and assign mentors (experienced technicians) to those students to help them develop their skills. By the time a student graduates from high school and earns an AYES certificate, he or she is qualified to be hired as an entry-level dealership service technician, or to pursue postsecondary studies in automotive service technology. "As the number of Subaru owners continues to rise, our dealers' needs for qualified service technicians is growing, also," said James Sinclair, Senior Director of Service. "The AYES initiative offers a proven strategy for recruiting and developing new technicians, to help us keep our customers' vehicles performing well for years to come." AYES is currently sponsored by General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Volkswagen of America, Audi of America, American Honda Motor Sales, BMW of North America, and the National Automobile Dealers Association. AYES also receives support from a number of state and metropolitan dealer associations, and the workforce commissions or departments of education in various states. Launched in 1995, AYES is currently affiliated with 205 schools and nearly 2000 dealerships in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Approximately 75 schools and 750 dealerships will be added by the end of 2001. Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. The company markets and distributes vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 588 dealers across the US. Over the past eight years, the company has seen its sales nearly double, thanks in large part to its popular line of car-based sports utility vehicles. Subaru is among the fastest growing brands in the automobile industry.