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Young Car Lovers Across America to Flex Their Passion for a Scholarship and Career-Igniting Apprenticeship

(ARA) - Many young people across America are immersed in all things automotive. With the popularity of reality shows such as “Pimp My Ride” and “Ride with Funkmaster Flex” and movies such as “The Fast and the Furious,” young people are fascinated by car culture. Yet, even as interest increases, there are still not enough qualified automotive technicians to help keep America’s cars on the road.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), auto dealerships employ 265,000 technicians, but still need to add an additional 35,000 technicians annually through 2010 to fill the need. Castrol SYNTEC recognizes that, in order to address the shortage, young people must be educated about the opportunities available in the automotive repair and service industry. The recent launch of the Castrol SYNTEC Outperformers Scholarship Program attempts to do just that.

Now in its fourth year, the program is committed to attracting young car enthusiasts to take interest and pursue careers in the automotive service and repair industry, while rewarding them for their passion, hard work and ambition. This year, one national winner will receive a $7,500 automotive scholarship to attend a racing or high performance automotive class and an apprenticeship at celebrity car enthusiast Funkmaster Flex’s Team Baurtwell Body Shop in New York.

“High-performing cars, trucks and motorcycles make my eyes widen and jaw drop. They’re the reason I get so excited about work every day,” says Funkmaster Flex. “I’m eager to share my love for vehicles with the next generation of ‘Outperformers’ because making vehicles look good, sound sweet and perform better only happens through knowledge and dedication to the trade. That’s why we’re offering the one winning Castrol SYNTEC Outperformer an apprenticeship with Team Baurtwell, an experience they can use now to help build a career for the future.”

For young car enthusiasts nationwide, the opportunity to become a 2005 Castrol SYNTEC Outperformer starts by accessing, where a few minutes of thoughtful writing can lead to an unforgettable scholarship and internship to help launch a rewarding career. Entries will be accepted between March 1 and midnight June 15, 2005.

In addition to entering the program here are a few basic tips for young car lovers to take to pursue a career in the automotive service industry:

* Talk to your guidance counselor or instructor. The first step in learning about any career is to speak to your school guidance counselor or teacher. Your educators can suggest the right classes to take, or additional sources to point you in the right direction.

* Take a class or join a local car club. The next step is to gain hands-on experience with your future. Take a basic automotive class or joining a local car club that regularly works on cars to gain firsthand knowledge and fundamental skills, and help determine whether the career is a right for you.

* Research job opportunities. There are plenty of jobs available for young automotive technicians, and identifying the best opportunities is critical to gaining experience. In addition to your local paper, regularly visit auto-focused career websites including and for entry-level listings. Also, check the job boards of industry associations such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and Automotive Training Managers Council. Many of these organizations have resources dedicated to helping young people get started in the industry.

* Secure an internship. One of the easiest ways to secure a new job is to show relevant experience. Take an internship or part-time job working at a local repair shop or dealership. The experience you gain there will prove invaluable as you search for a full-time job as a qualified automotive technician. Organizations such as Automotive Youth Educational Systems, which is dedicated to encouraging bright students to pursue careers in automotive service technology, can help you find opportunities with auto dealerships that are close to home.

Courtesy of ARA Content

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