For those interested in a career in the tire and auto-service industry, a generous number of scholarships and programs are available to support people and attract them to the field.
Compared with the tremendous loans taken on for education to prepare for other careers, auto service training can be both affordable and cost effective.
Unlike recent uncertainty and unemployment for young people entering other professions, automotive service also is deemed “essential” and projected for steady year-over-year growth. Student funding and scholarships are available to help bridge any financial gap that could limit access to training for a career in tire and automotive repair and service.
At the same time and in an effort to increase the number of trained technicians dramatically in the U.S., a number of companies and organizations are investing in scholarships. The funds are designed to be a clear incentive to help fill the talent gap in the industry projected to grow to more than 46,000 by 2026.
The road to securing scholarships begins with asking the program or school what funds might be available. Grants, scholarships and other funding can come from a variety of sources.
In addition to checking with your school, a Google search will provide a number of options and suggestions. Be aware of applications dates and requirements to not miss any deadlines.
In the past, state associations have funded scholarships, but many times those funds went to help with college expenses of members and their employees; however, this trend is changing. Today, some state associations are shifting those scholarship dollars to promote participation in industry training instead, including Tire Industry Association (TIA) training and other areas.
Industry foundations, councils and programs provide resources and help with access to quality education for those interested in auto service as a career. Some government-sponsored funding, such as Pell Grants, encourage trades students by even waiving repayment, provided the coursework is completed in a certain amount of time.