In a recent episode of the Beyond the Wrench podcast, host, Jay Goninen, met with Tom Wozniak, an instructor for the diesel program at Madison College. They discussed how we, as an industry, can better support technical schools and get younger students more interested in going into automotive and diesel programs.
You can listen to the full episode here, or check out our show notes from the episode below.
Beyond the Wrench - How We Can Help Technical Schools
How to Drive Enrollment in Automotive & Diesel Programs
1. Technicians need to get paid more.
- Pay is the number one factor techs consider when looking for a job.
- With the demand rising for technicians, shops need to start paying their techs more.
2. Provide a tool allowance.
- The rising costs in tuition are leaving students with an accumulation of student debt by the time they graduate.
- On top of that, technicians just entering the industry are expected to make a huge investment in tools before they even walk through the door.
- Providing a tool allowance gives shops a leg up on their competition when it comes to attracting young techs.
3. Invest in middle and high school students.
- Attend school board meetings - Support tech ed classes
- Attend city council meetings
- Give scholarships to a tech student - Doesn't have to cost much. Work with guidance counselors and tech ed teachers.
- Don't wait for career day - Bring equipment in and talk to kids - Get them excited
4. Get involved with student organizations.