Fix Network World announced during the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 14-20, the launch of its Fix Network Apprenticeship Program (FNAP) for automotive glass technicians in Washington State.
The Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council voted unanimously in October to approve the workforce development program, which is a Registered Apprenticeship with training at Speedy Glass centers in Washington and Oregon.
“FNAP will be the first automotive glass apprenticeship of its kind in the U.S,” Fix Network says. “The program’s goal is to elevate the quality of automotive technicians being trained in the glass industry by offering an effective and efficient pathway to certification in auto glass repair and replacement services. The program aims to attract a diverse and inclusive workforce and create job opportunities for individuals seeking a career in skilled trades.”
Workers receive 2,000 hours of paid, “comprehensive” on-the-job training under the supervision of journeyperson-level auto glass technicians. The program also includes paid supplementary classroom-based, online and distance learning components, training seminars and industry conferences. Apprentices will be instructed and trained on auto glass replacement, ADAS calibration, windshield repair processes, safe glass installation practices and much more.
Graduation from the program requires the apprentices to receive certification through standardized tests as specified by the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC).
“The automotive glass industry in North America represents an incredible opportunity for individuals seeking a rewarding and long-lasting career,” says Steve Leal, president and CEO of Fix Network World. “As vehicles become more technologically complex, we will need trained and certified technicians who can provide quality repair services based on recognized safety standards. The Fix Network Apprenticeship Program aims to train technicians who can provide this elevated standard of care.”