The Caliber family of brands, including Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, is partnering with two national workforce development nonprofits, TechForce Foundation® and Learning Undefeated, for the Technician Apprentice Program (TAP).
Caliber wrote in a news release that the two nonprofits are dedicated to workforce development in the technician field as well as the creation of unique science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences for students from under-resourced communities in Maryland and Texas.
“This collaboration features a pilot program that provides hands-on experiences, introducing high school students in Maryland and Texas to Caliber, TAP, and career possibilities where students can use the latest technology in the collision repair industry,” Caliber writes.
The pilot program runs from October through December and features after-school and weekend events. Through Caliber Collision centers and Learning Undefeated’s Mobile eXploration Lab (MXLab), students will receive tours and one-on-one demonstrations.
“There’s power in numbers, and this partnership will benefit thousands of students,” says Learning Undefeated CEO Brian Gaines. “Hands-on learning experiences help open students’ eyes to career possibilities and build excitement about the high-demand field of collision repair.”
“This partnership is a great way to leverage the expertise of our complementary nonprofits combined with Caliber’s commitment to workforce development,” says TechForce CEO Jennifer Maher. “Using our techforce.org platform to promote and engage students, together, we’re introducing them to rewarding careers in collision repair, while leaving a lasting imprint on our communities.”
Students will also interact with experienced Caliber auto body technicians in a live shop environment. They will also learn about the apprentice program and participate in activities such as time assembly challenges and more.
“At Caliber, we are committed to inspiring all teammates to reach their full potential. Through our Technician Apprentice Program, we are influencing the next generation of auto body techs and helping students achieve their goals, as well uncover career opportunities, which they may not have previously considered, within Caliber’s supportive culture,” says Caliber president and CEO Mark Sanders. “We are excited to leverage this partnership to expose even more students, teachers and parents to Caliber and TAP.”