Though the auto repair industry has evolved immensely in the past few decades, its image dates back to the times cars were first invented. People often think being an auto mechanic means working in an old, dark and dingy garages, breaking their backs over manual labor and arriving at home with grease on your face. While the job still requires some labor, it’s not quite what it used to be back when the Ford Model T was first unveiled.
Auto Repair Industry
The Case for Vocational Technical Schools versus Colleges and Universities as a Means for an Education for our Youth Today
Society puts a lot of pressure on young people to get good grades in high school so they can go to a nice college and obtain a four-year degree. The fact of the matter is that not everybody is cut out for the traditional college experience, however. Sitting in a classroom setting isn’t optimal for everyone, and yet we keep urging high schoolers to dream big and apply to those educational institutions. What happened to vocational technical schools and why aren’t young people aware of them anymore?
The auto industry is experiencing a very particular and very damaging roadblock to bringing on new hires: the younger generations aren’t studying car mechanics like the generations before them did. Many vocational technical colleges are offering fewer automotive classes because the interest has dropped, meaning they are pumping out fewer and fewer auto mechanics each year.
With a much smaller pond to fish from, how can automotive companies find applicants for their increasing number of job opportunities?