PHOENIX — Universal Technical Institute, Inc. and NAPA AUTO PARTS are joining forces to support students looking for careers in transportation and aftermarket auto repair industries. NAPA will become the preferred UTI auto parts suppliers, which includes its best-in-class NAPA autotech training program that will be available to faculty.
NAPA will supply essential parts for hands-on labs, including brake kits, rotors, bulbs, bearing kits, wheel weights and more. The initial stage of the partnership will impact UTI, MMI and NTI-branded campuses and may be expanded to MIAT-branded campuses in the future.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand remains strong for skilled transportation technicians nationally with the estimation of approximately 110,000 total new openings each year for automotive, diesel, and collision repair technicians through 2030. This includes net employment changes and net replacements. With this partnership, UTI and NAPA aim to help meet this demand by providing access to the necessary supplies for on campus training and connections with NAPA customers.
“We are thrilled to bring in a partner like NAPA AUTO PARTS to provide our students, staff and alumni with greater access to quality auto parts through one of the country’s premier providers,” said UTI CEO Jerome Grant. “Like UTI, NAPA has a passion for educating and supporting individuals as they enter into a career path in the transportation industry. NAPA has worked closely with UTI for years, and we know they will be an active and engaged partner.”
“We admire UTI’s commitment to providing state-of-the-industry training to the next generation of skilled automotive technicians,” said Kevin Herron, President, U.S. Automotive Group at Genuine Parts Company. “We are proud to support the industry by providing training and supplying quality automotive parts to the talented UTI staff, students and graduates.”