As the technician shortage grinds on, more and more dealers are partnering with local entities to fill their own pipelines. The latest: South Florida’s Warren Henry Auto Group.
The company, which sells domestic brands as well as luxury imports such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, Bugatti and Lamborghini, has established a service technician apprenticeship program with Miami Dade College. As many as 20 students per semester can be enrolled.
Students accepted into the program get free tuition, health insurance and books. The two-year program, which began this summer, consists of classroom learning followed by real-world experience at a Warren Henry Jaguar-Land Rover store. There, apprentices are paired with mentors while they learn how to work in the service department. They also get a paycheck.