Creating Tomorrow’s Technicians Today at Mercedes-Benz of Arlington

Model Summary

Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) prepares high school students for full-time, entry-level automotive technician or parts specialist roles or for a postsecondary program through which they can further advance their technical education.

Participants complete 320 hours of on-the-job training as interns, participate in SkillsUSA and can earn an industry-recognized student certification.

Key Elements of the Model

  • Income for student
  • Relationship building
  • Self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Work ethics
  • Teaching of transferable skills
  • Job shadowing
  • Involvement of community business partners in the education process and system
  • Industry-recognized certificate