ARI recently announced that the company has been selected as an Ontario Business Achievement Award (OBAA) finalist for the Skills & Training Award. The OBAA Awards recognize achievements in innovation, entrepreneurship, integrity and hard work of businesses operating in the greater Ontario region. The OBAA Skills & Training Award is presented to business whose skills and training initiatives harness the talent of its people, embrace diversity, and support employee success. This year, over 100 businesses submitted applications for one of 18 finalist spots.
“We are tremendously honoured to be recognized as a finalist for the OBAA Skills & Training Award,” said Rick Tousaw, senior vice president and general manager, ARI Canada. “One of the core values of our company is to provide our employees with the tools and the opportunity to continuously improve themselves, because we believe the most important investment we can make is in our people. They are our most strategic asset. To be a finalist for an OBAA Business Achievement Award in the category of skills and training reinforces our belief that by creating an environment that encourages learning, our company will be better as a result.”
ARI offers continual training through an internal program entitled Holman University. ARI also provides 100 percent tuition reimbursement for external training and postsecondary studies, including at the MBA level. This is available to all employees from day one. In addition, to support an aging workforce in transition, ARI actively recruits mature workers for our three Canadian maintenance call centres. The company’s recruitment efforts, including a referral bonus program, target experienced vehicle technicians who, due to age or other reasons, may no longer want or be able to perform physically intensive in-shop work. And, in support of younger workers just preparing to enter the workforce, ARI offers a comprehensive paid internship program for post-secondary students. Beyond a typical job experience, program includes lunch and learns with senior executives, a summer charity initiative, blog posting and presentations to the executive team, as well as continual feedback and support.