Phone: 630-495-2282 Fax: 630-495-2260 Map/Directions

AYES update, November 2007

November 22, 2010
AYES update, November 2007
By Jim Butcher
IllinoisAYES Manager
Visits continue to service department managers about job-shadowing for our high school students. The purpose of job shadowing the AYES young people is to let them experience firsthand what working as a service technician is all about.

Job-shadowing plays a significant role in the decision making process for these young people. During job-shadowing, many students solidify their love for the automotive industry while other students choose alternate career paths.

Since successful employment is a two-way street that requires the satisfaction of both the employer and the employee, we want to afford every opportunity for these young people to view their chosen career without surprises.

Consequently, AYES has a success rate that is hard to beat. According to an AYES five-year survey, 92 percent of service managers said they would participate with AYES in the future if they needed entry-level technicians.

The AYES survey further found that 54 percent of our student interns were still in their original position as service technician, while another 20 percent of the students identified themselves as "still involved in the automotive industry on a career level" (not just working out of their home or garage). We attribute this high success rate primarily to the job-shadowing activities sponsored by the local dealerships.

Typical job-shadowing activities commence in November or December of any given year. Those students who still qualify for an AYES internship in the springtime are further required to job-shadow during their school's entire spring break.

These measures ensure that intern candidates are highly motivated and very interested in an automotive career. I guess the question is, during your junior year in high school, where were you interning?

The AYES students want to be in your dealership during their spring break. This process starts with job-shadowing in November and December so that we can confidently place the correct candidates by springtime.

Job-shadowing costs your dealership nothing. Each school has an insurance policy for its students, should they become injured during a job-shadowing activity. Copies of those insurance policies are readily available for your records.

Local AYES schools include:
• Hammond Area (Ind.) Career Center
• Joliet Township High School, Central Campus
• Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, Grayslake
• Parkland College (High School Program), Champaign
• Streamwood High School
• Technology Center of DuPage, Addison

For additional information on the AYES program, please call me at 630-424-6020.