Mercedes-Benz Starts Apprenticeship Program with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

In keeping with what is a giant problem for the auto industry, Mercedes-Benz USA says it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Veterans Affairs, including State Approving Agencies, to become what it claims is the first luxury automaker to offer a Registered Apprenticeship Program in four U.S. states, certifying Mercedes-Benz Drive as part of the National Apprenticeship System.

Through MBUSA’s 16-week technician training and development program, Mercedes-Benz DRIVE, veterans and nonveterans alike will be trained for in-demand technician careers at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships. Candidates – presumably without forefathers who fought the Germans – interested in a job as a systems technician will receive training brakes and traction, service and maintenance and telematics, in addition to E-Mobility, diagnostic strategy and electrical fundamentals. Students will also take a course in career development, helping them prepare for a successful transition into the automotive industry.

“The complexity of our current and future luxury vehicles, along with significant sales growth, has created a growing need for skilled, professional technicians,” said Christian Treiber, vice president of customer service at MBUSA. “Mechanics are now technologists with a high level of sophistication.” At the successful completion of the program’s hands-on and instructional learning, apprentices receive a certificate from both MBUSA and the DOL. These certifications will be recognized at all Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout the United States, honoring the significant achievement of completing over 640 hours of specific, manufacturer training.

Mercedes-Benz Drive is offered in four locations: Long Beach, CA, Dallas, TX, Jacksonville, FL and Norwood, Mass. Additional information about Mercedes-Benz Drive can be had by emailing mbdrive@mbusa.com.

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