SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — TechForce Foundation is launching an online networking platform to help individuals interested in becoming automotive technicians connect with peers and employers.
The new platform, JoinTechForce.org, is dedicated to helping launch and advance the careers of "next-generation" technicians, the Scottsdale-based nonprofit said, and allow them to follow industry trends.
"Next-gen techs are digital-native, yet there was no commercial-free digital environment for them to connect with peers, showcase their talents, check out employers and compete for points, status and prizes," TechForce CEO Jennifer Maher said.
"This is the first and only peer network of its kind. It is full of engaging content and designed as the place for aspiring and working techs to explore and advance their careers. With the support of our many partners, TechForce developed this peer network to meet this need," she said.
The free service also allows users to apply for more than $1.5 million in scholarships awarded annually through the group. Uses also can take part in daily trivia and other competitions with leaderboards, earn prizes from industry partners, learn about events, win free tickets and see activities in their area.
TechForce works with many different companies, educational institutions and associations while maintaining neutrality.
"Our partners share our dedication to placing the students and professionals first and insisted that our network not be an advertising platform," Ms. Maher said.
"This enables us to provide fun, engaging and rewarding experiences that keep people coming back for more. Thanks to our generous supporters, we have been able to make valuable educational content free to our network. Much of the educational content within the site is fee-based outside of our network."