What made you interested in joining Gerber’s TDP Program?
“Gerber is very invested in its apprentices, for they are the future of the industry. I felt that Gerber’s reputable, structured program would provide me with the best education for my new collision repair career. The “learn and earn” system is incredibly beneficial and time-saving as it combines work and education into one cohesive, rewarding setting.”
What is the best part about the TDP program?
“The best part of the TDP is the real-world experience. Some aspects of the industry, such as the pacing, are impossible to accurately replicate in a traditional classroom environment. There is no better way to learn collision repair skills than in the actual environment in which you will be performing the work.”
How do you feel the program has prepared you for a career in this industry?
“Being an apprentice at Gerber has made me feel very confident in my abilities to succeed in this industry. I started out with very little automotive repair experience, and I am amazed by how much progress I have made and how much I have learned in such a short amount of time. I have a very realistic expectation of how the industry functions because I am immersed in it every day as an apprentice. The program teaches a wide variety of repair techniques that reflect the current I-CAR standard procedures, allowing future technicians to be prepared to handle anything that comes their way.”
Any advice for new TDP Trainees?
“Do not shy away from any challenges! Some repairs can appear quite intimidating, but these are the repairs on which you will experience the most personal growth, and which will serve you the most benefit throughout your career.
“Listen to your mentor! TDP mentors are highly trained, highly experienced industry professionals with a wealth of knowledge to share. Take advantage of all that they have to offer.”
What is the Technician Development Program?
The Technician Development Program (TDP) is an 18-month program where an entry level trainee works hands-on with a skilled mentor to become a successful body technician. This program allows shops to train the future of the company while also increasing production hours at a discounted rate. Interested in learning more? Reach out to [email protected]