Attracting young people into our industry: Help to Take Skills USA to the Next Level
Tim Dwyer is an automotive education specialist at ConsuLab, a manufacturer, and provider of automotive training aids. After 25 years of ownership, he sold his business Superwrench Import Auto in Tulsa, OK to pursue a teaching career at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. There he helped start and instruct the Pro-Tech Automotive Internship program for 12 years. Hear Tim’s previous episodes HERE.
Key Talking Points:
Skills USA Nationals has 103 different contests going on at once. It is all Career and Technical Education under one roof (CTE)
Perfectly placed but mostly unrecognized by many in our industry
Skills begin locally, then through state and national
Over 20 football fields full of Skills test stations
There is also a World Skills every other year
Some countries offer award money and lifetime jobs for the winners of this contest
$36 Million is spent to put on this event
GM donated a 2018 Malibu to the gold medal winner’s program
We need to start bragging about these events that will help attract young people into our industry
Designing a skills contest:
Attention to detail
All stations need to appropriately challenging
Have a real-world application
Equipment, tools, and information
Bond with parents and a reason to go to school
Skills show a career path
Instructors need to step up their game
Consulab supports Skills at many levels
As an industry, we must support this program
Volunteer to judge a local contest
Offer financial support to help pay for travel to the next level contests
Some state and local winner don’t go to the next level because of funding issues
We should offer an additional celebration of excellence to all participants and the winners
Shops can promote Skills in their own network and community
This is a spectator sport
A special thanks to Tim Dwyer for his contribution to the aftermarket.
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