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At the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA), it continues to be important to us to support students who are pursuing a career in the automotive industry. The NCDA operates a foundation for charitable activities and that is why I am thrilled to announce that the New Car Dealers Foundation’s CarCareerBC Education Grant applications are now open. The application deadline is April 16.

The New Car Dealers Foundation of BC awards CarCareerBC education grants to eligible students in BC. The grants are for those who wish to pursue post-secondary education or training for a career in the automotive industry. Grants can be put towards tuition credits or purchasing new tools – the Foundation works with approved tool supplier, Snap-on.

But this is not the only way in which we strive to help out the next generation of automotive employees. The New Car Dealers Foundation has additional award funding that comes from interest income from an endowment fund set up through generous donations. Additional support from the Foundation is also provided to educational institutions, offering grants and scholarships for students pursuing car careers.

The NCDA represents close to 400 new car dealers that employ some 30,000 people in family supporting jobs in over 50 communities across this province. The industry also offers many opportunities for growth and career advancement. Our members are guided by industry training programs, as well as programs offered through educational organizations, to provide training for new workers.

Whether you’re just starting your career, or looking for a change, a job at a new car dealership can be both personally and financially rewarding. Dealership opportunities range from sales consultants, service technicians to accountants, marketing and administration staff – whom all share a love for engaging with people, and of course, an enthusiasm for new cars and trucks. With a wave of retirements coming in the next few years, this is a rewarding industry to consider for a career, offering well paying jobs!

However, working at a new car dealer is about more than just money and career advancement. Our members and their employees are actively involved in their local communities. This includes a wide range of local charities and sports groups as well as community and service clubs, charity boards and committees. In fact, many of our members sponsor charities, local sports teams and organizations like food banks, through cash donations and merchandise prizes.

So whether you are already a student or are looking at a training program, the auto industry offers great prospects for you and your future. For more information on grants available, please visit here.

Blair Qualey is President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC. You can email him at [email protected]