Addressing the technician workforce shortage is something that The AED Foundation (AEDF) understands needs to be taken seriously. Vision 2024 is AEDF’s plan of action to fight these issues and establish a brighter future for our industry. With the efforts of students, schools and dealer members, the Foundation can diminish the workforce shortage that the industry is currently experiencing.
Three primary focuses of this plan include students, schools and dealers. Vision 2024 will reach:
- 100 accredited college programs
- 50 recognized high school programs
- 10,000 skilled technicians entering the workforce
- 500 Certified Managers
- 10,000 Tests Administered
- 5,000 Certified Technicians
Reaching these benchmarks will help to transform the industry by creating a pipeline of skilled technicians that will feed into the workforce.
The AED Foundation plans to double the number of accredited college programs and recognized high school programs. This will ensure students receive quality education and training that will prepare them for their future. The only accreditation program in the industry, AED Foundation accreditation offers students an esteemed education and ensures dealers that they are hiring qualified employees. With this, Vision 2024 will add more technicians to the applicant pool and ensure that they’re the most qualified in the industry.
In addition to our school programs, Vision 2024 will propel the industry forward with the addition of 500 certified managers to the workforce. The AED Foundation offers Certified Manager Programs (CMP) online to enhance employee skills in various dealership area. The Foundation provides these programs for those interested in career advancement opportunities, and doing so allows them to get the education and certifications that they desire from the designated program of their choosing.
AEDF is offering dealers and schools to technical testing opportunities for students and employees on their knowledge. Technical testing is also included in the AEDF’s Certified Technician Program and both are essential to our Vision 2024 goal. Testing provides insight to student and employee understanding, while the Certified Technician Program establishes employee excellence and allows dealers as well as technicians to be recognized.
The Foundation is determined to meet our Vision 2024 goals to create opportunities for individuals and dealerships. To learn more information, visit http://aedfoundation.org/vision-2024/