Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)

AYES is a school-to-career initiative that combines the resources of automotive manufacturers, dealership/retail facilities and certified schools to develop qualified, entry-level technicians.

To compete successfully in the 21st century global economy, Florida needs highly skilled workers with advanced training in technology-related fields. This demand for skilled labor is no more acute than in the automotive service industry, where technology advances have outstripped the available pool of talented employees. Challenging and well-paying jobs are going unfilled because prospective employees lack the training and education. Automotive dealerships suffer because they can’t provide quality service. Car manufacturers suffer because the lack of service hurts car sales. Virtually everyone is affected by the repercussions on the nation’s economy.

Who sponsors AYES?

  • AYES is currently nationally sponsored by NADA, FCA-Chrysler, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen, BMW, Volvo, Subaru, Honda, Nissan and Snap-on Tools to name just a few.
  • In Florida AYES receives funding and support from the Florida Department of Education ($35,000 from Perkins funds), FADA, SFADA and CFADA. FADA has a full-time AYES Director whose entire mission is the development of new schools, mentoring programs and providing resources to existing schools and training all AYES and other state instructors. In 2019 alone, FADA had 141 instructors attend our annual training symposium for automotive programs.

How does it work?

  • The AYES automotive model stresses applied academics and contextual learning in the classroom to ensure that academic studies are enhanced…not diminished. In addition it supports “Tech-Prep” as a viable alternative to ”College-Prep” creating a pipeline of future technicians.
  • AYES provides for a mentored work site experience to compliment the skills taught in the classroom. Students participate in a full-time paid internship during the summer months between their first and second years, and continue with a paid, part-time internship during their second year.

AYES Partners

  • Dealers: From job shadowing, to the mentored internships, to career placement, dealers act as an extension of the manufacturer and make AYES internships possible. But students aren’t the only ones benefiting from the experience. Sponsoring AYES students often results in higher retention rates in the dealership service department. A survey of 2014 AYES interns found that 78 percent are still with the same dealership.
  • State and Metro Automotive Dealer Associations: State and metro associations and Automotive Trade Association Executives (ATAEs) administer local AYES programs and place students at participating dealerships. Many associations also provide scholarships for post-secondary education.
  • Automobile Manufacturers: Most automobile manufacturers support AYES and are helping enhance the public perception of automotive service careers.
  • Fixed Operations Directors and Service Managers: Service staff members interact with AYES students on a daily basis, and, therefore, act as powerful role models. They are responsible for overseeing the AYES student during an internship and providing help and instruction.

FADA Affiliated Schools in Florida

Atlantic Technical College – Coconut Creek

Bowers/Whitley Career Center – Tampa

Charlotte Technical College – Port Charlotte

Crestview High School – Crestview

Frank H. Peterson Academies – Jacksonville

Ft. Pierce Central High School – Fort Pierce

Ft. Myers Technical College – Ft. Myers

Largo High School – Largo

Lorenzo Walker Technical College – Naples

Lyman High School – Longwood

Marchman Technical College – New Port Richey

Marion Technical Institute 0 Ocala

Mid Florida Campus – OTC – Orlando

Okaloosa Technical College – Ft. Walton Beach

Osceola Technical College – Kissimmee

Pinellas Technical College – Clearwater

Pinellas Technical College – St. Petersburg

Port St. Lucie High School – Port St. Lucie

Robert Morgan Educational Center – Miami

Sun Coast Technical College – Sarasota

Sebastian River High School – Sebastian

Sheridan Technical College – Hollywood

SouthTech Academy – Boynton Beach

Traviss Technical College – Lakeland

Vero Beach H. S. – Vero Beach

Wesley Chapel H. S. –  Wesley Chapel