One of the greatest challenges facing the collision repair industry can be summed up
in two words — gray hair. An aging workforce and difficulties in attracting new workers are combining to put a virtual stranglehold on the future of even the best shops. The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is stepping in to bridge the gap between shops and prospective employees.
The first of these efforts is the continuing rollout of High School and College Collision and Automotive Career Fairs in major metro areas across the country. Repair businesses can sign up and meet students face-to-face to discuss employment opportunities. CREF Director
of Development Brandon Eckenrode says the fairs have been a big success, with an average of 300-400 students attending. “We’ve had shops hire students on the spot and many others setting up formal interviews later,” he says.
ASE Partnering with CREF
ASE recently partnered with CREF to support the fairs, bringing with them students looking for mechanical work and giving repairers the opportunity to bring aboard new hires with another valuable skill set.
For those students who don’t have a career fair taking place near them
and/or are not able to make the events, CREF is facilitating a national collision student resume database and collecting the information of those who are looking for near-term part-time, full-time, or internship work within the industry.
Interested in database access or participating at a career fair?
Contact CREF at 847-463-5244 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.
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