Caliber's TAP Graduates 1,000th Auto Body Repair Apprentice - aftermarketNews

Caliber’s TAP Graduates 1,000th Auto Body Repair Apprentice

TAP, a 10-12 month program certified by the Department of Labor, offers free, hands-on auto body technician training.

Caliber’s proprietary Technician Apprenticeship Program (TAP) has recently achieved a significant milestone – graduating 1,000 apprentices, with an additional 2,000 currently enrolled.

Caliber said the disparity between collision repair technicians exiting and joining the industry continues to grow each year, impacting available capacity at collision centers nationwide. According to TechForce Foundation’s 2022 Supply and Demand Report, an estimated 113,000 technicians must enter the workforce between 2022 and 2026 to meet consumer demand.

TAP, a 10-12 month program certified by the Department of Labor, offers free, hands-on auto body technician training to veterans and individuals seeking a new career in the automotive industry. Caliber pairs apprentices with experienced mentors in its extensive network of 1,700-plus collision centers, providing them with the opportunity to enhance their skills while receiving competitive compensation and day-one benefits.

In celebration of the success of its TAP program and in recognition of the 9th Annual National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from November 13th to 17th, Caliber will be hosting various events and activities.

Caliber said its commitment to addressing the automotive technician shortage extends beyond TAP. Its Changing Lanes program offers training to active-duty service members, facilitating their transition from military service to civilian life and providing pathways to a successful career. New cohorts start every five weeks, ensuring a continuous flow of skilled technicians entering the industry.

Graduates from TAP and Changing Lanes often secure permanent placements within Caliber centers, further highlighting the company’s dedication to addressing the growing automotive technician shortage, the company said.

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