Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is expanding its technician training and development programs in an attempt to address the shortage of qualified automotive technicians in the United States.
The automaker has established a registered apprenticeship program for veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as launched a partnership with Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC) in Louisville, KY. MBUSA is the first automaker to establish such a registered apprenticeship program for vets, and its partnership with JCTC is the first of its kind in Kentucky.
The JCTC educational program prepares students to become a Level One Mercedes-Benz Certified Systems Technician in three semesters. Students will train on Mercedes-Benz vehicles, intern at a Mercedes-Benz dealership and have the opportunity to gain full-time employment after completing the program.
MBUSA also offers an ongoing training program with Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia’s largest technical colleges, with plans to introduce more in the coming years.
Additionally, the company’s Mercedes-Benz DRIVE technician training initiative is coming to Robbinsville, NJ in 2019.