Mercedes-Benz: First Luxury Automotive Manufacturer to Establish Registered Apprenticeship Program through U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Mercedes-Benz USA announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Veterans Affairs – including State Approving Agencies – to become the first luxury automotive manufacturer to offer a Registered Apprenticeship Program in four U.S. states, certifying Mercedes-Benz DRIVE as part of the National Apprenticeship System.
Through MBUSA’s 16-week technician training and development program, Mercedes-Benz DRIVE, veterans and nonveterans alike will be trained for in-demand technician careers at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships. Specifically, candidates interested in obtaining a career as a systems technician will receive training in core competencies such as brakes and traction, service and maintenance and telematics, in addition to E-Mobility, diagnostic strategy and electrical fundamentals. Students will also take a course in career development, helping them prepare for a successful transition into the automotive industry.
“The complexity of our current and future luxury vehicles, along with significant sales growth, has created a strong and growing need for skilled, professional technicians,” said Christian Treiber, vice president of customer service at MBUSA. “Mechanics are now technologists with a high level of sophistication. With an eye towards the future, Mercedes-Benz has mapped out a new path that makes technician jobs attractive to veterans as well as providing much-needed assets for dealerships.”
At the successful completion of the program’s hands-on and instructional learning, apprentices receive a certificate from both MBUSA and the DOL. These certifications will be recognized at all Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout the United States, honoring the significant achievement of completing over 640 hours of specific, manufacturer training.