Tuesday, 28 September 2021 15:35

AASP/NJ Awards First Young Technician Award at NORTHEAST 2021


...all the tools I currently need to make my job a little easier. Being able to continue the job, without needing to stop and borrow a tool, means the work gets completed faster and our customers are happier. I’ve never really won anything before, so I appreciate being chosen and want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to AASP/NJ for selecting me!”


Once Utica National Insurance Group expressed interest in providing a benefit to AASP/NJ through its charitable foundation, AASP/NJ’s Scholarship Committee consulted with Snap-on, which provided the association with a generous discount on tools to be purchased with the $5,000 award money.


“The automotive industry is experiencing a serious technician shortage, and AASP/NJ’s Scholarship Committee was created with the intention of helping young aspiring technicians continue with a career in the automotive industry,” said AASP/NJ Scholarship Committee member Ken Miller of 821 Collision in North Haledon, NJ. “Filling your first toolbox with the needed tools can be difficult and very costly for a young technician. The committee felt that providing the necessary starting tools would be a great ‘head start’ for a young technician.


“Thanks to Utica’s generous grant, we were able to make this a reality,” Miller continued. “Several great candidates applied for the award, and although we had a difficult decision, we chose Casey because we felt it would most benefit his work situation and help to keep him in the automotive repair field. We look forward to continuing this program in the future and growing the technician base for the industry.”


“No one has to tell me how difficult it is for a young technician to get started in the industry, never mind how difficult it is to obtain the tools necessary to perform the work safely and properly, as I actually lived it when I first started,” said AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant. “It was a struggle to buy my first paint gun, and I can’t even begin to tell you the joy I felt when I got it.


"With that said, I cannot even imagine how great Casey must have felt to be the one chosen to receive the Young Technician Award. At the same time, I feel so honored to be part of the group that presented the award," Bryant continued. "Thank you so much to the Amato Insurance Agency and Utica National Insurance Group for making it possible for AASP/NJ to present such a great award.”


For more information on AASP/NJ, visit aaspnj.org.


Source: AASP/NJ


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