‘Prime Scholars’ Program Offers Career Entry & Advancement for Next Generation of Automotive Professionals
- On January 29, 2019
GPB Capital-Affiliated Prime Automotive Group Teams with Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology to Provide Fast Track to Students
New York – January 29, 2019 – GPB Capital Holdings, LLC (GPB Capital) affiliate Prime Motor Group (Prime) has partnered with the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) to establish the Prime Scholars program, which helps the school’s students begin and advance careers as automotive technicians.
In addition to offering scholarships, the Prime Scholars program gives BFIT students the opportunity to apprentice at any of the 32 dealerships across New England managed by Prime. Participants rotate positions at dealerships to obtain a broad spectrum of valuable on-the-job skills which complement their studies.
“Working with the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology provides our dealerships with a steady stream of skilled and reliable automotive technicians who can fulfill our mission to serve our customers and communities,” said David Rosenberg, CEO of Prime Motor Group. “We are proud to be able to mentor talented and dedicated automotive technicians so they can realize their full potential as members of our team and our industry.”
During the on-the-job training rotations, executives with Westwood, Massachusetts-based Prime can assess the strengths and skills of the participating Prime Scholars, and recruit them for employment after they graduate. Prime Scholars also allows BFIT students to receive training with individual automakers so they can receive the certifications required by auto brands.
“Ongoing access to skilled and trained technicians is key to ensuring Prime can continue to increase its market share and expand the suite of services and vehicles its dealerships provide,” said David Gentile, Founder and CEO of GPB Capital. “This is another example of Prime’s dedication to making a positive impact on local and regional economies as well as the overall retail automotive sector.”
Boston-based BFIT is a private, non-profit college which seeks to provide students, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups, with the technical education they need to obtain careers in high-demand fields. BFIT has established programs similar to Prime Scholars with more than 90 other local New England businesses.
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