The ABRA Springboard™ Program is an accelerated training program with ABRA Auto Body & Glass. Candidates participating in the program will be employed from day one through the completion of the ABRA Springboard™ curriculum. Upon completion of the apprentice program, candidates can continue their training to become a C-Level Auto Body Technician with ABRA.
Your career at ABRA will include:
- High earning potential – our average body technician earned approximately $80,000 in 2015!
- Eligibility for a $20,000 retention bonus
- Significant career advancement opportunities
- Continue advancement through B and A level technician roles
- Transition into a front-office role such as Parts Manager or Customer Service Manager – the majority of our District Managers and Market Vice Presidents started in the repair center.
The ABRA Springboard™ Program will prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the following:
- Disassembly and reassembly of vehicles
- Minor dent repair
- Plastic bumper repair
- Set up of a vehicle in a measurement system
- Non-structural glass removal and install (R&I)
- Steel welds
In order to be considered for ABRA SpringBoard™, prospective students must meet the following criteria:
- Provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
- Pass a drug screen and background check
- Have a strong mechanical aptitude
- Demonstrate a strong work ethic
- Be at least 18 years of age by the program start date
- Have a valid driver’s license
5 Weeks Paid Training
The ABRA SpringBoard™ Apprentice Technician Program starts with five weeks of paid training at our Career Development Academy campus in Eagan, MN. Program highlights include:
- Immediate employment: participants in SpringBoard are ABRA employees from day one – eligible for benefits and more
- A world-class learning facility that is also a productive repair shop
- Room and board for out-of-state students
- Completion of I-CAR industry-standard certifications
Immediate Job Placement
Employment with ABRA starts day one of a five-week concentrated program and provides students the basic skills necessary to work in collision repair.
Upon completion, students will be placed in an ABRA collision repair center, where they will continue to develop their skills and development toward proficiency of the C-Level
After completing the five-week training program, your apprenticeship continues in the field with:
- An hourly pay increase resulting from I-CAR certifications obtained
- A complete tool set worth approximately $3,000
- Assignment to an ABRA location to continue your on-the-job training
Thousands of vehicles are damaged in traffic accidents every day. As the technology in today’s vehicles continues to advance, from multiple cameras, embedded radars, and other sensors, to revolutionary metals and materials, the need for highly skilled, technically advanced collision repair technicians continues to expand.
- A collision repair technician’s income, on average, is greater than comparable trades
- Average annual salary of collision repair technician: $53K*
- One in five technicians earns $70K or more*
*Source: 2013 Collision Repair Education Foundation Survey.