Blue Collar No More: Skilled Auto Technicians Are in High Demand
Kate Rogers, CNBC
More drivers are on the road throughout the country, with many keeping their vehicles longer than ever. That means workers like Michael Gerhart are in demand.
To help bridge a gap of available workers, Icahn Automotive, with brands like AAMCO and Pep Boys, recently launched the "Race to 2026" program. The effort will offer scholarships, tuition reimbursement, and apprenticeship programs, along with job placement and continuing education opportunities through partnerships with schools like Lincoln Tech and Universal Technical Institute.
Part of the message is to break down the stigma associated with manual labor and present automotive services as a way for students to fuel both a passion and a career.