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Let's face it, we all know you can't find techs, and it's time that we do something about it.  We all need to implement an apprentice program at our shops and hire entry level techs. And we need to start tomorrow.  

I know many of you are saying that you don't need a tech right now. Well, trust me. You will.  And I don't want to hear you can't afford to do this either. 

No one is going to help us, and the best techs have jobs. 

If everyone in the industry commits to hiring an apprentice, we will solve the this shortage in a few years.

There are many apprenticeship programs available, like the NAPA program, and more. 

Oh....worried that you train someone and they leave. Let me ask you, How Did You Start Out? 

 

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