Auto Group Starts Tech Apprenticeship

By Staff Writer December 01, 2022

With an estimated 30 percent of Dallas-Fort Worth auto service bays unused for lack of service technicians, and nearly 2,000 area technician job openings posted on area job recruitment sites, an apprenticeship program to address that shortage is expanding. Nationally, there are nearly 700,000 job openings for service technicians.

Automotive Apprentice Group (AAG) matches auto dealership and truck center operations with area residents pursuing a path to a well-paying career.  

Though AAG apprenticeships are for anyone with an interest, they have been especially attractive to men and women 18 to 30 years old for whom college is not an option or a preference.

AAG was created by David Peterson, a former owner of numerous auto dealer operations throughout the nation, and in partnership with an internationally renowned workforce development expert and architect of a highly successful AAG-like apprenticeship in Australia.

The first-of-its-kind apprenticeship in the U.S. is a two-year program where apprentices are compensated at a competitive wage and with no out-of-pocket expenses (thus, no incurred debt). AAG apprentices learn and develop skills through on-the-job training at local dealerships, discovery-based e-learning, and hands-on training and practice. Upon completion of the program, the apprentice earns a national certification from the U.S. Department of Labor. All necessary tools and a computer are provided to each apprentice.

For participating auto dealerships and truck centers the program is completely turnkey – AAG manages apprentice recruitment, conducting of candidate interviews, orientation, soft skills training, payroll and compensation, insurance, mentoring and ongoing career coaching – as well as the education and training for each apprentice.

AAG was initially launched in Louisville, Ky., then expanded to Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Jobs provided to apprentices upon program completion average an initial annual salary about $65,000. While just ramping up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, several area residents have already enrolled in the program.


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