Mission and Goals
Automotive Youth Education Systems
The mission of the Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES) is to be the catalyst in the development of “school-to-career” automotive educational programs at the high school level on a nationwide basis, bringing together business and educational systems, providing a source of qualified entry-level technicians and other service personnel for automotive dealerships.
To leverage all internal and external sources to improve the images of the automotive technician and the automotive industry as a whole, creating respect and esteem for the service field and its career path potentials.
AYES strives to provide an active, positive approach to attract young people to rewarding and challenging automotive careers. By the time AYES students graduate from high school and receive their AYES certificate they will have both the technical skills and the employability skills that automotive dealerships expect of entry-level employees.
Students selected to participate in the AYES program not only take auto technology classes while they pursue their high school diplomas but they also can work between their junior and senior years at participating automotive dealerships under the tutelage of a journeyman level master technician.
In order to achieve these goals, AYES is pursuing three major strategies:
- Development of outstanding automotive business and education partnerships. Such programs will include a strong mentoring component within automotive dealerships to guide and encourage students in the development of both technical and employability skills.
- Image enhancement. AYES is promoting the resources of automotive manufacturers and automotive dealerships as desirable places to pursue long-term careers.
- Enhancement of the automotive dealership work environment. AYES is assisting automotive dealerships in focusing on training strategies, benefits, and working conditions, in accordance with a belief that employee satisfaction and retention are directly related to customer satisfaction and loyalty