With the automotive industry still experiencing a technician shortage, Warren Henry Auto Group continues to try to fill that gap. The company, in partnership with the Miami-Dade College, and support from CareerSource South Florida, created a Service Technician Apprenticeship Program open to 20 students.
The two-year program was designed not only to foster theoretical knowledge but also to allow the students to gain hand- on practical experience from highly skilled technicians all while earning an income. The students are offered free tuition in addition to health insurance, books and other supplies. This hands-on training takes place at Warren Henry’s North Miami Headquarters where Jaguar and Land Rover North Dade operates from as well as the Land Rover South Dade Location. After completing the program, the technicians are awarded with a certificate of completion as well as automatic job placement at one of the company’s service locations.
“We are so excited to collaborate with Warren Henry Auto Group and partners to offer this unique program,” said MDC Provost Dr. Malou C. Harrison. “We are committed to growing the local workforce and helping individuals achieve economic mobility through this and many other rapid credential programs at the College.”
Miami-Dade College has eight college campuses and outreach centers that offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and apprenticeships. Baccalaureate degree offerings include biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, and others. MDC is the recipient of many top national awards including the Aspen Prize. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high- quality teaching and learning experiences.
Warren Henry Auto is proud to partner with Miami-Dade College as they strive to change lives through accessible high -quality teaching experiences. “The automotive industry has experienced a technician shortage of over 40,000 for the past few years. With the cooperation of Miami -Dade College and partners, we are creating an opportunity for growth and education in our community. Warren Henry is proud to bring another apprenticeship program to Miami and be part of the solution”, stated Erik Day, Chief Financial Officer.
In addition to the partnership with Miami-Dade College, they received tremendous support from CareerSource South Florida. CareerSource is a public-private partnership that establishes state and federally funded workforce development and training policies for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. They provide high- quality, customized employment and training solutions to workers and employers in support of economic development. Services are available to everyone at no cost through a network of centers located throughout the region.
“The shortage of automotive service technicians is undeniable, but we want to be part of the solution. That’s why we have come up with this incredible initiative that is also going to contribute to the growth and education of technicians in our community”, Warren Henry Auto Group Chief Executive Officer Warren Zinn stated.
Regarding Warren Henry Auto Group
Warren Henry Auto Group, founded in 1976, is one of the most longstanding automotive dealerships in Florida. Their reputation based on quality, community support, and appreciation towards their employees. Warren Henry Auto Group carries a variety of vehicle brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, INFINITI, Audi, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Hennessey, Koenigsegg, Toyota, Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Icon, and Vespa. Warren Henry Auto Group’s corporate office is now located at 2300 NE 151st Street in North Miami.
For more information, call (305) 690-6006 or visit www.warrenhenryauto.com.
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