We’re inviting your student to apply to participate in an inspiring and unique project, created in partnership with some of the top collision repair professionals and organizations. Operative Talent goes beyond raising awareness for collision industry career opportunities to give students direct experience in the shop alongside professionals. Students will be introduced to various skills, knowledge, and training on their way to finding a rewarding career in the collision industry. We’re committed to making a significant impact on the collision industry by inspiring a diverse future workforce and invite you and your child to join the movement!

Students must be 16 years old or older and have parental consent to apply and participate. Students selected to participate must have a consent form and waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. For questions or concerns, please contact us directly.

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Operative Talent is taking students into restoration shops and automotive facilities, giving them a classic car, and letting them repair, paint, and restore it! Not everything can be learned in a classroom, and Operative Talent aims to provide hands-on, memorable, and meaningful experiences for students to positively shape their career outlook. Our goal is connect mechanical-minded students with industry professionals and introduce them to the world of custom classic car restoration and auto body work. Students will gain training, knowledge, and connections in a fast-growing and exciting automotive industry and their work will be showcased at the world’s most prestigious car shows.


Operative Talent was formed in partnership with Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), BASF, and KTL Restorations of Danville, VA along with support from Carbuff Network. We’re proud to work with some of the nation’s best businesses and organizations in the collision and automotive industry. You can view our full partners list here.