What is AYES?
Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) is a series of Business and Education partnerships at various levels – nationally, at the regional and state level, and between both automotive dealers and aftermarket service employers and high school automotive technology schools at the local level. Business partners include vehicle , parts, tool and equipment manufacturers, at the corporate level; dealer and retail trade associations, state departments of education and labor, regionally; and automotive service providers in the community.
Our purpose is to develop career-ready, entry-level automotive technicians and service personnel. High school automotive technology students are presented the opportunity and guidance to explore rewarding automotive careers, and provide them the tools and support to learn, develop and practice the technical, academic and employability skills needed for success. The capstone of the AYES model is a 320-hour workplace internship, usually during the summer between the junior and senior year, where working along side a trained and qualified mentor – usually an ASE-certified Master Technician – the student prepares for entry-level career positions or advanced studies in automotive technology and earn the age- and rank-appropriate credentials both industry and education seek for accountability.
Through its employers and school partners, AYES strives to enhance the public image of the automotive industry and careers, build local partnerships between employers and high quality schools, and foster positive working environments within the automotive employers. Employers today are in competition for qualified employees, not only among themselves, but also among restaurants, mass marketers, other retail outlets and other professions. Employers need to reach out to young people and their parents to explain the challenge and rewards of pursuing a retail automotive career. AYES is helping in this effort by providing "how to" ideas and support materials on conducting employer tours for educators and youngsters, offering "job shadowing" opportunities, and taking part in "career days" and "career fairs" at local schools.
What’s in it for You?
AYES is building the bridge between bright, technically-oriented young people who are exploring career options and automotive employers who urgently need talented service technicians. Participating with an AYES school gives you priority access to the technician’s of tomorrow. Employers today are in competition for qualified employees, not only among themselves, but also with other professions. Employers need to reach out to young people and their parents to explain the challenge and rewards of pursuing an automotive career. AYES allows you the chance to not only help a future technician, but also mentor them to become your highly skilled employee of the future.