Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Dealer participation vital for success of AYES

November 23, 2010
Facing a depressed economy and wartime uncertainties, many employers have slowed-or frozen-hiring activity. But spring inevitably follows winter, and the current economic state will turn. An important season is about to bloom for the Automotive Youth Educational Services program, with high schoolers enrolled in AYES prepared to embark on yearlong technician internships. However, many more local dealers are needed to participate. "If you're looking for techs in 2004, it's time to look to the schools now and grow them yourself," said Jim Butcher, the AYES manager for Illinois. "Do you build when you're slow or do you build when you're busy?" The industry is facing an estimated shortage of 65,000 technicians. Nearly  all automobile manufacturers support AYES, which operates at more than 250 schools in 41 states. Internships begin each June for students who will become high school seniors in the fall. The AYES program is important because 25 percent of 18- year-olds say they already have selected a career path. Exposing the interns to dealership work could sway them to a career there. To learn more about AYES, call Butcher at 630-424-6020. Butcher works at the CATA in Oakbrook Terrace and coordinates activities between the area's five AYES high schools and participating dealers.


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