The Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has launched an initiative, believed to be the first of its kind, that engages transportation industry employers in developing their talent pipelines and gives students an inside track on long-term careers. UTI’s “Early Employment” program marries post-secondary skills education with on-the-job, apprenticeship-type training.
Students learn about and can apply for local jobs with participating employers as soon as they enroll at UTI’s Avondale, AZ campus. There are over 30 early employment positions available to incoming students this fall. UTI plans to start the program in Arizona and then expand it to its 12 campuses across the country.
Employers have the opportunity to screen and hire incoming students before they start school and give them on-the-job experience while they complete their education.
The goal is for students to graduate and “hit the ground running” in fulltime jobs at employers where they are already immersed in the culture and processes, positioning them for long-term careers. Graduates who meet their employers’ criteria will receive reimbursement of school-related expenses and other incentives, along with full-time employment.
Participating employers in this new program include …
• ADESA Auto Auctions.
• Knight Transportation.
• Larry H. Miller Dealerships.
• The Loftin Equipment Co.
• The Penske Automotive Group.
• Republic Services.
• The RWC Group.
• S&S Tire & Auto Service Center.
• The Sunstate Equipment Co.
• United Rentals.