This internship is designed to help students take what they have learned in their specific area of study in school and apply it in a business and auto shop environment.
Participating Moran franchisees have started visiting their nearby middle schools and high schools, where they are speaking to students, emphasizing the skills gap in this country, discussing available Moran internships, and benefits of attending a vocational school and going into a career in automotive repair.
Moran franchisees will be encouraged to share their experiences on how they became business owners through franchising.
In addition, Moran corporate representatives visited a career fair at Lincoln Technical Institute in Nashville, Tenn., where they met with more than 300 interested students.
"We, as a franchise system, need to be a part of the solution in reducing the skills gap that is occurring in this country," said Barbara Moran-Goodrich, CEO and co-founder of Moran Industries.
"That is why we have developed our Future Auto Tech internship program for our franchisees to participate in.
"We believe that this will be extremely beneficial for students who are not sure what their path will be beyond high school. There are a lot of talented students out there who will soon become part of tomorrow's workforce, and we want them to know that the skills gap in this country can bring financially rewarding jobs to them.
"Our internship programs will give them practical experience at our participating franchisee shops and prepare them for successful careers in the field."
Moran Industries — d.b.a. Moran Family of Brands — franchises six automotive aftermarket business concepts: Mr. Transmission; Dr. Nick's Transmissions; Multistate Transmissions; Milex Complete Auto Care; Alta Mere Automotive Outfitters; and SmartView Window Solutions.
There are more than 120 franchise locations operating under the firm's various brands.