JAMES B. TREECE

Searching far and wide for service techs

News Editor James B. Treece oversees Automotive News' coverage of auto retailing.News Editor James B. Treece oversees Automotive News' coverage of auto retailing.
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How far is your dealership willing to go to get well-qualified service technicians?

General Motors dealers in the Mideast went all the way to the Philippines.

On Aug. 7, a group of technicians graduated from the GM Advanced Technician Training Center in a ceremony held at the Lourdes High School Complex in Angat, Bulacan, north of Manila.

The center is sponsored by GM Middle East Operations in Dubai and provides free scholarships to qualified automotive technicians. Upon graduation from the 14-week training program, all of the students were preparing for a two-year work contract at GM dealerships in the Middle East.

The search for good techs hasn’t reached that level in the United States yet. But this case is a reminder that service technicians are in high demand -- around the world.

You can reach James B. Treece at jtreece@crain.com.

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