Automotive officials say there’s a shortage of skilled workers across the country. So they’ve created competitions to help promote the industry.
On Friday, select students went head-to-head in one of those competitions at Erie Insurance. Local high school students put their automotive repair and refinishing skills to the test hoping to come out on top and compete at the state level.
Eleven students from Career Centers across the area put their skills to the test at the Erie Insurance Technical Learning Center in two areas — automotive repair and refinish.
This is all part of the SkillsUSA competition. One purpose for the competition: To promote the skills and trade.
Adviser John Fuller said skilled workers are in shortage across the country but it also allows the students to show off and hopefully win first place to compete on a state level .
The first place winners of Friday’s competition will go on and compete in Harrisburg for a chance at scholarship money.