New training program increases opportunities for students, helps Audi fill technician needs.
Lincoln Tech has been selected by Audi of America, Inc. as a Premium Plus Level partner in the Audi Education Partnership Program. Lincoln Tech will provide manufacturer-specific career training to students at its Mahwah, NJ; Nashville, TN; Denver, CO; Melrose Park, IL; and East Windsor, CT campuses, giving students interested in working for Audi the opportunity to build enhanced automotive career skills while working closely with the technology and equipment used by one of the world’s leading auto manufacturers.
Students can apply to enroll in additional courses to supplement Lincoln Tech’s Automotive Technology training program – courses that build their familiarity with Audi-specific servicing, maintenance and roadside assistance skills. Audi will provide the curriculum and equipment for the program, including new-model vehicles. (Specific models vary by campus.)
For nearly 70 years, Lincoln Tech has worked closely with employers to determine the skills hiring managers need in new candidates, and to continually train and graduate technicians who possess those skills. Hands-on real-world training centered on core STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts leaves students well-positioned to pursue careers with some of the world’s most renowned companies – such as Audi.
“Teaming with Audi not only enables us to give our students additional training, increasing their value to employers,” says Lincoln CEO Scott Shaw. “It also helps shine a spotlight on the strong demand and need for auto technicians around the country.”
The automotive industry is projected to add more than 166,000 jobs nationally by 2022, according to careeronestop.org, and Shaw stresses the timing of the partnership with Audi is critical to providing employers with a steady pipeline of technicians for their workforce.
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“Lincoln Tech has a great base of young talent in their Automotive program,” says Matt Shepanek, Audi’s National Manager of Technical and Collision Training. “Dealerships can’t find enough skilled, qualified technicians to fill their staffing needs; within Audi, we plan to grow our technician workforce from 2,900 to 4,500 in the next five years. We want to educate young technicians about career opportunities in our company.”
“We’re very excited to be working with Lincoln Tech through this partnership,” says Jon Branch, Senior Manager Region Aftersales at Audi. “We’ve found Lincoln Tech graduates to be among the best-prepared candidates that come into our dealerships – and that leads to better retention of our technicians, and greater customer satisfaction.”