Mercedes-Benz: First Luxury Automotive Manufacturer to Establish Registered Apprenticeship Program through U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

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.