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Matt Young (left) a quick service mechanic from an automobile dealership, hired a year ago by Greg Miller (right) Director of Fleet Operations at Miller Transportation, Louisville, Kentucy, is among the first to enroll in the MCI Academy Motor Coach Technician Apprenticeship Program registered with the U.S. Department of Labor.

MCI LAUNCHES MOTOR COACH TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
REGISTERED WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Combines Education Courses and Work-Based Learning
to Complete Journey Worker Certification in 5-Year Program

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019: (TSX: NFI) Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, has announced the MCI Academy – the first motor coach training program to earn Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accreditation in 2017– is breaking more new ground as the exclusive training provider for the Motor coach Technician Apprenticeship Program with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), creating the first-ever technician apprenticeship program for the industry.

Intended to promote top maintenance of motor coaches, the program allows operators to offer apprenticeships to recruit new entrants into the industry and establish a career-path for technicians already on staff that hasn't existed before.

"Apprenticeships are available for hundreds of occupations from electricians to precision machinists that demand high skills but not always a four-year degree," said Scott Crawford, MCI Manager of Technical Training, who worked with the DOL on the program's registration. "Apprenticeships appeal to high-school graduates, veterans and others who prefer to earn while they learn without running up student debt. We're excited to offer the program to industry operators as well as technicians employed by MCI."

The one through five-year program builds on curriculums already available through MCI Academy offering a tiered structured learning path with 800 hours of online Learning Management System (LMS) courses (including 200 hours in safety courses) and weeklong training events at MCI's Louisville, KY-based National Training Center to earn Tech 3, 2 and 1 with 16 system qualification certificates including HVAC and electrical systems, coupled with on-the-job training hours.

Crawford explains that apprenticeship candidates must be employed in the motor coach industry and be assigned to a mentor by the employer. The mentor, who receives an instructional orientation session, will be responsible for verifying that the apprentice has mastered the required level of expertise within the five-years to earn Journey Worker certification. He added, "The employer must also establish the apprentice's ending wage and is required to start the candidate at no less than 50 percent of the ending wage."

Apprenticeships benefit the employer by creating a skilled worker trained to industry standards to produce quality results, compliance with equal opportunity requirements and reduces turnover. According to the DOL, 91 percent of apprentices remain on the job long after completing the program.

There is no charge to MCI operators for the training portion of the program, but employers will be responsible for travel costs to Louisville, KY where MCI Academy's main training center is located. Crawford said businesses may qualify for state tax credits available for apprenticeship program sponsors. Local workforce development and community partners may also choose to contribute funding because of the recently passed U.S. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Louisville's Miller Transportation, with a 107-motor coach fleet, 183 school buses, plus shuttle and transit buses, is one of the first operators to enroll a recruit into the Motor coach Technician Apprenticeship Program. Greg Miller, Director of Fleet Operations, explained that Matt Young, a quick service mechanic from an automobile dealership who was hired a year ago as a charter check technician, shows the "talent and character" qualifying him for apprenticeship. "It's important to us to foster his growth, and I expect him at the completion of this program to be able to diagnose and repair any issue we see with our fleet," said Miller.

"We see MCI Academy as an investment in the future of the changing motor coach industry," said Crawford. "The industry needs top trained technicians to keep fleets moving, but we also want to communicate that motor coach technician careers are well-paying jobs with bright futures."

Graduates of the five-year program are projected to earn salaries between $40,000-$60,000 and more based on location after completing the five-year program.

For full details on the Motor coach Technician Apprenticeship Program please email Scott.Crawford@mcicoach.com , or visit www.mciacademy.com to schedules for all other training sessions.

About NFI Group

With over 6,100 team members, operating from 31 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI is North America's largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI® (motor coaches), and NFI Parts™ (parts, support, and service). NFI buses incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell) on proven bus platforms. It also supports infrastructure development through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, a service dedicated to providing safe and reliable charging and mobility solutions. In total, NFI supports over 74,000 buses and coaches currently in service across North America. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI posted revenues of US $2.4 billion. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at www.nfigroup.com.

About MCI

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is North America's motor coach leader in public and private markets, building the J4500 (the industry best-seller for 13 consecutive years), the all-new 35-foot J3500 model, and the workhorse D Series including the breakthrough ADA-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach offering lower dwell times. MCI will add battery-electric propulsion in 2020. With nearly 30,000 MCI coaches on the road, MCI also provides maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, parts supply through NFI Parts, and technician training through the industry's only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy.

For further information, please contact:

Patricia Plodzeen, MCI Public Relations
Tel: 847-283-0883
E-mail: pat.plodzeen@mcicoach.com
   

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