In today's job environment, learning a trade from online classes and books isn't enough. Students need hands-on experience to gain the necessary skills for safe and effective Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) work.
An HVAC apprenticeship allows students to work with an experienced trainer while learning the ropes of their new trade. There are benefits for the schools and trainers teaching the students.
Here are the top five benefits of an HVAC apprenticeship program for schools.
Schools offering training often receive funding from local, state, and the federal governments.
Funding depends on the number of students and their life experience. For example, the federal government provides funding if an HVAC apprentice training program supports former military personnel.
There are also grants for programs that cater to the homeless and students that move because of natural disasters. People who lost their jobs because of factory closings and economic downturns are also eligible for funding.
Depending on a company's location, funding is available for apprenticeship programs.
HVAC trainers have a unique opportunity to promote their businesses. If classes take place in a school setting, the school might give the businesses first crack at potential contracts.
There is potential for networking through former students. The school instructors may call upon former students for job placement opportunities for current students or allow them to become trainers in the school. When businesses partner with schools, students and businesses both benefit from the experience and the seamless transition from school to work and increased business opportunities.
Trainers aren't just developing talent. They build a bullpen of beginning technicians to call upon when businesses are looking for workers.
Small businesses always struggle to find trained employees. Each company does things differently, from billing, to customer outreach. It is important for students to learn to be flexible and adapt to each companies system. With an apprenticeship program, businesses can grow their own workforce and train students to their companies’ protocols. This allows the apprentice to learn the best practices used in the industry from a master HVAC technician. Students learn basic skills, such as safety, customer service, work ethics, being part of a team and interacting with others daily.
Providing students with an opportunity to take an HVAC apprenticeship programs, allows the students to explore the trade in a cost-effective way. Companies can train employees in house and not pay for expensive trading programs. Students benefit by taking advantage of the free education offered by the company. Employers and students both save time and money when utilizing apprenticeship training programs.
Trainers that teach students about the HVAC business benefit from training as much as students do.
Teaching encourages the educator to view information in new ways. It allows educators to develop new insights by answering questions. Educators must think of ways to apply knowledge to real-world situations.
Trying to find a job without experience is difficult, especially in the HVAC industry. An HVAC apprenticeship sets students up for success. Proper training programs change lives by providing people with careers that improve their quality of life.
Technical training equipment makes internship and classroom training easier. Instead of working on HVAC systems in someone's home, students can do it on the school equipment under the watchful eye of a professional.
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