About Us

Automotive Youth Educational Systems, or AYES, consists of Business and Education partnerships between both automotive dealers and aftermarket service employers and high school automotive technology schools.
Our goals are:
• To develop career-ready, entry-level automotive technicians and service personnel.
• To give high school automotive technology students the opportunity and guidance to explore rewarding automotive careers.
• To provide the tools and support to develop and practice the skills needed to succeed in the industry.
High school students are invited to pursue AYES Student qualification. In addition to taking the academic courses toward their high school degrees, they'll take challenging classroom/laboratory courses in basic automotive technology, collision repair & refinishing, or diesel technology.
The goal of the AYES model is a 320-hour internship opportunity, which can take place during the summer between the junior and senior year.
During this internship, students work alongside a trained and qualified mentor - usually an ASE-certified Master Technician - to help prepare them for entry-level career positions or advanced studies in automotive technology.
AYES Students are enrolled in NATEF-accredited automotive service and collision repair programs and participate in SkillsUSA.
Employer partners promote automotive careers at the local level. They are also asked to get involved with their school's Advisory Committee, sponsor one or more students for paid internships, and often assist AYES Students acquire needed tools.
AYES is designed with continuing professional development in mind. Many participating employers continue to sponsor AYES Graduates’ attendance at college-level programs including those supported by vehicle manufacturers, such as GM ASEP, Toyota T-TEN, Honda PACT, MOPAR CAP, BMW STEP or a certificate program offered by Mercedes-Benz.
AYES  has active affiliations in almost every state and hundreds of NATEF-accredited programs nationwide. Find one near you.