There are many students learning auto tech skills in high school and college programs. Learn how to build relationships with these programs to find fresh industry talent.
High School Career Technical Education Centers
- Join the Advisory Board.
- Get “skin in the game” by offering to supply the program with products they need and/or provide access to your dealership/shop.
- Attend open houses and career days hosted by the CTE Center, show your support, engage with the program and be relevant.
- If your CTE offers internships for their students, become an internship site. You will get the benefit of having a first look at potential employees by hosting co-op students at your shop.
- Design a mentoring program at your shop, keep students engaged and learning the way you’d want them to.
Community College Auto Tech Programs
- Franchise dealers should join the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) brand specific Advisory Board that will funnel students directly into your shops.
- Independent dealers enjoy far more flexibility, but involvement is no less, join the local community college auto tech program Advisory Board of your choice. What isn’t a choice is not joining one at all if we are to be truly successful.
- Develop a pay matrix that demonstrates how when benchmarks are met, pay will increase from summer to summer or semester to semester through graduation.
- Consider utilizing the Tuition Reimbursement Grant NHADA offers to pay for one class a semester for your co-op students.
- Heavy Equipment and Heavy Diesel members can work with NHADA to directly support the program at White Mountains Community College.
EVERYONE must be equally involved and committed to ensure a healthy, robust and sustainable pipeline of highly qualified technicians for our industry. In addition to the above, sponsor students through the 20 for 20 Big Raffle fundraiser efforts and attend all New Hampshire Automobile Education Foundation events.