CarMax Joins Campaign to End Technician Shortage
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CARMAX SIGNS ON TO SUPPORT TECHFORCE FOUNDATION®’S FUTURETECH SUCCESS® CAMPAIGN
Partnership to support industry-wide initiative to address technician shortage
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — March 18, 2019 — With the transportation industry’s growing demand for technicians, CarMax is partnering with TechForce Foundation on its FutureTech Success campaign in an effort to raise awareness of trade and technical careers. As an advocate supporter of FutureTech Success, CarMax has made a $50,000 annual commitment and will help TechForce Foundation champion creating a pipeline of talent within the industry for auto technicians.
TechForce Foundation is a leading educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) that has developed the FutureTech Success campaign, an industry-wide initiative to drive tomorrow’s workforce of technicians by inspiring, supporting and connecting middle and high-school students and their influencers with the resources necessary to support their technical education and career development.
“Auto technicians at CarMax are critical to our success, so we want to be at the forefront of the effort to attract new talent in a rapidly changing industry”, said Chris Sloan, assistant vice president, service operations at CarMax. “Attracting talent with the necessary skills needed to be an auto tech is a priority for us, which is why we are investing in educating students and increasing awareness of the opportunities throughout industry.”
Not only will this partnership focus on raising the profile of trade and technical careers, which is a necessary step to support the exponential growth and demand for auto technicians, it will help improve the image of technician careers.
“Parents often believe that the auto technician career is not desirable due to an outdated understanding of potential wages and the career path,” said Jennifer Maher, CEO and Executive Director of TechForce Foundation. “We are excited to partner with CarMax to reframe the stigmas and help future techs gain the technical skills they need to deliver best-in-class services throughout their careers.”
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 200 stores in 41 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 25 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has approximately 25,000 associates nationwide and for 15 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2018, the company retailed 721,512 used cars and sold 408,509 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.
About TechForce Foundation
TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion students to and through their technical education and into careers as professional transportation technicians. The Foundation distributes more than $2.0 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its generous corporate sponsors and donors, and is spearheading FutureTech Success®, the industry-wide initiative to help encourage and support more young people to pursue the vehicle technician profession. For more information, visit www.techforcefoundation.org.
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