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Shop Safety: Offer an Incentive Program

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

As another new year rolls around, you may be doing some safety assessments around your shop, looking both for successes and areas where you can improve.

One important thing to address is the number of injuries or accidents that occurred in your shop in 2018. Was it more than the prior year? Or did you decrease injury rates by a significant number this year compared to last year?

If you’re seeing more accidents or near-misses and finding that injury rates are rising, or if you just want to get a better handle on workplace safety, you might consider an incentive program that rewards your staff when injury rates are low. It doesn’t have to break the bank or be extravagant. Keep in mind, though, that OSHA has regulations in place regarding workplace safety incentive programs.

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S/P2 Adds New Course to Help Schools Meet ASE Accreditation

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

OVERLAND PARK, KAN., Nov. 20 – S/P2 (sp2.org) has added a new course written specifically to help automotive service, maintenance and light repair, collision repair, and medium/heavy-duty truck programs meet ASE accreditation requirements.

The new course is called “Preparing a Vehicle for Service and Working with Customers.” The ASE Education Foundation Task Lists provide required a list of supplemental tasks ASE accredited schools are to meet. By providing this course to schools, S/P2 sees this as one more way they can help schools achieve and retain ASE accreditation.

“Achieving and maintaining ASE accreditation is a commitment to excellence that schools make,” said Kyle Holt, President of S/P2. “We are proud to help schools meet the required supplemental tasks on safety and environmental, personal standards, and ethics. This new course helps schools meet the tasks regarding preparing a vehicle for service and for the customer. It feels pretty good to expand our support of education and the next generation of technicians.”

“Preparing a Vehicle for Service and Working with Customers” helps students identify the information needed and the service requested on a repair order, review vehicle service history, demonstrate concern, cause, and correction in the repair process, and meet the requirement of completing a work order. It also covers topics ensuring the vehicle is prepared to return to the customer per school/company policy.

The new course has already been added, at no additional cost, to any schools with an active S/P2 Automotive or S/P2 Heavy-Duty/Diesel account. Any schools who sign up for a new S/P2 Automotive or S/P2 Heavy-Duty/Diesel account will also receive the course at no additional cost.

“Our schools are committed to improving the industry. This course is one small way we can continue to show a commitment to the future success of automotive education,” said Holt. “For those schools who have achieved or are seeking ASE accreditation, this should make their lives a little easier. For those who aren’t, it’s a valuable course they can use to help prepare students for their careers ahead.”

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About S/P2

Each year, S/P2 provides online training to more than 175,000 workers and students nationwide on industry-specific safety and pollution prevention, ethics, soft skills, and human resources topics. S/P2 serves the automotive service, collision repair, heavy-duty/diesel, welding, construction, cosmetology, and culinary trades. For more information, visit www.sp2.org.

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Recruiting entry-level technicians: surprising facts you may not know

Monday, November 5th, 2018

The shortage of diesel technicians has been getting plenty of attention lately and for good reason. Penske Leasing recently cited U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which reports that 67,000 technicians will be needed just to replace retiring workers by 2022.  It will take another 75,000 new mechanics to meet the additional demand.

A company called S/P2 maintains a database of resumes from tech students looking for full-time or part-time jobs or internships.  According to, Kyle Holt, S/P2 president, of the students who have posted resumes so far, there are 12,000 interested in heavy-duty diesel maintenance, 30,000 interested in automotive repair, 12,000 interested in collision repair and 13,000 interested in a career in welding.

Fleet Owner recently had the opportunity to visit with Kyle Holt. He has some unique insights into the technician shortage and what really happens when new technical school graduates enter the marketplace looking for their first jobs.

Read the full article here. Copyright 2018 Informa. Used with permission.

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S/P2 Joins Cengage, ASE, and TechForce Foundation in Show Your Shop Contest

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The race for top shop is in full effect and it’s your chance to submit your institution’s automotive lab to the Show Your Shop contest.

This year, S/P2 is getting in on the action by partnering with Cengage, ASE, and TechForce Foundation to add to the scholarships students can receive!

This is a great opportunity for automotive, collision, and diesel career tech programs to show off their shop and their students.

We’re Kicking It Up a Notch

Not only will this year’s grand prize winner receive our standard $1,000 Cengage TechForce scholarship and ASE Swag Bag, but the second-place winner will receive a $500 Cengage S/P2 scholarship to present to the student of their choosing.

Check out last year’s winning submission from Westfield Technical Academy to see how it’s done and submit today!

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S/P2 Invitations – Let Your Students/Employees Add Themselves In Your Account

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

You don’t have to upload student lists or add users one-by-one any more. S/P2’s new “Invitations” feature makes it super easy to add users to your account by inviting your students or staff to set up their own log in credentials, and to automatically be assigned the courses you want them to receive.

Check out the video below (only 1:54) that shows you how to use the new Invitations feature. You can also use the downloadable instructions to help you.

S/P2 Invitations – Let Your Students/Employees Add Themselves In Your Account

With the new Invitations feature, things just got a whole lot easier!

 

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ASA Hosts Road to Great Technicians Webinar With CARQUEST’s Chris Chesney

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

On June 20, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) hosted a webinar called “The Road to Great Technicians” with Chris Chesney, senior director of customer training for the CARQUEST Technical Institute.

After ASA Vice President Tony Molla introduced the webinar’s presenter, Chesney recounted his collaboration with the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) to identify the Road to Great Technicians. They began in March 2016 when NASTF’s Spring General Meeting focused on the topic of building a road to great technicians.

This Road to Great Technicians team consists of NASTF Chair Mark Saxonberg, Toyota’s Jill Saunders, WTI’s Rob Morrell, CTI’s Chris Chesney, NACAT’s Bill Haas, of Diag.net’s Scott Brown, WTI’s Mark Warren, NASTF’s Donny Seyfer, ASE’s Trish Serratore, S/P2’s Kyle Holt, DrewTech’s Bob Augustine and Cengage’s Erin Brennan.

View the full article on AutobodyNews.com

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Changing How Users Log In to S/P2

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

When you go to S/P2 to log in, you’ll see that things look a little different. That’s because we are changing from our old 3-code login to a 2-code login system. We’re making this change for several reasons:

  • Individualized usernames and passwords improve security
  • Personalized usernames (typically the individual’s email) and a personalized password are easier to remember
  • Easier for users to request a password reset if they’ve forgotten their password
  • If you’re in more than one S/P2 account, you can merge your codes into one easy log in

Take a look at this short video (only 0:52) to see how easy it is to convert to the new login codes.

3-code to 2-code Login

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AAPEX 2018 Service Professionals Session To Address Career Paths For Auto Technicians

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

The Service Professionals General Session at AAPEX 2018 will tackle an important industry issue: building rewarding careers for automotive technicians and ensuring they have the skills to repair vehicles equipped with new technology, regardless of where they are employed in the automotive aftermarket.

Panelists include Donny Seyfer, executive officer and shop owner, NASTF; Chris Chesney, senior director of customer training, Carquest Technical Institute; and Kyle Holt, president, S/P2. Carm Capriotto, podcast host, Remarkable Results Radio Podcast, will moderate the general session, which will take place Nov. 1, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (PDT), at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

Read the full article here.

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Grow: Build a Pipeline of Employees

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The biggest issue in the automotive industry is the technician shortage. Kyle Holt, president of S/P2 and Jay Goninen, CEO of Find a Wrench joined Rissy Sutherland’s postcast to discuss and share thoughts on this major topic that includes how shops can recruit, and help the next generation enter and stay in the industry.

Listen to it here.

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U.S. tech shortage getting steadily worse, new report says

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

There were an estimated 38,829 auto tech graduates in 2016. Demand for new entrants is estimated at 75,900 per year.

The post-secondary supply of aspiring vehicle technicians in the U.S. is simply not keeping up with industry demands, according to a new report from TechForce Foundation.

The non-profit organization focused on developing new technicians has released a “Transportation Technician Supply Report,” which reveals the true nature of the skills shortage in the U.S.

It says data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that an ongoing skills shortage first became truly severe in 2013. The gap between supply and demand has only increased since then.

“With only a small percentage of students interested in going into a skilled trade versus seeking a college degree, the competition among all the skilled trades for those students is fierce,” said Greg Settle, co-author of the report and TechForce’s director of national initiatives. “If you look at auto technicians, they can make a very solid, middle-class income. However, starting wages for auto technicians are among the lowest across the skilled trades, and that is often what young and men and women will focus on when making a career decision.”

Read the full article at AutoServiceWorld.com

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