It’s no secret that the automotive and body repair industry depends on consumables. From the staff working at reception to the bodybuilders and painters in the workshop, supplies are sold out daily. But when you focus on stores and the hurdles they face today, especially when considering budget and time constraints, you quickly realize that there is hardly any room for waste in this industry. .
With this in mind, and with a focus on collision repair programs, it is difficult to find additional products or gifts to use for additional training. Technical schools are vital to the auto body repair industry, but the challenges they face, like all teachers in every classroom, receive extra funding to have extra tools and supplies for their students to learn and practice. any further. What does this mean for students entering the industry, where their only method of acquiring these skills is hands-on training?
FinishMaster recognizes this as an opportunity to help give back to the industry. Our team partners with local technical schools across the country and the Collision Repair Education Foundation to help reduce barriers that schools may face. CREF’s mission is to support collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create skilled and entry-level employees and connect them to a range of career opportunities. Their ultimate vision being to have a collision industry with a sufficient number of qualified, properly trained and immediately productive team members to meet current and future industry needs.
Through this close partnership in sharing similar values with CREF, FinishMaster teams across the United States have been able to build strong relationships with local technical schools and instructors. The local Indianapolis team was able to connect with an instructor, Dean Cain, from Lincoln College of Technology to help him donate products to support his class.
The supplies used in my classroom are, of course, a consumable item and not cheap to obtain. Naturally and therefore, we have a specific budget to work with to properly provision our classrooms. For this reason, we are always happy to accept donations and with FinishMaster’s recent product donation, my students have the opportunity to gain more hands-on experience in the classroom and continue to develop their skills with my guidance. Without product donations, each student would be limited in using the products in class.
– Dean Cain; Instructor, Lincoln College of Technology
Last year during the 2021 Hood Master Challenge, FinishMaster found a creative way to give back to the industry and decided to host a fundraiser at the event, where all funds raised were donated to a grant awarded to CREF. Overall, $5,000 was raised at the event to help support collision repair programs that have partnered with CREF.
The opportunities to give back are endless and can extend beyond technical schools as well. The local market teams have built strong relationships and partnerships with body shops and through this they are identifying additional opportunities to help give back. Earlier this summer, our team partnered with Axalta to help donate products to a few stores in Clawson, Michigan that were supporting a project to help a Troop 1615 Scout earn their Eagle rank. . Thanks to these donations, the stores were able to repair and refurbish twenty-two park benches for downtown Clawson and help the scout achieve the highest rank in scouting.
Through FinishMaster’s strong customer partnerships and recognition of the needs of the collision repair industry, our team is committed to giving back. FinishMaster is committed to helping the industry evolve and build stronger communities.
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