HVAC Industry Cluster

Now is the time to find the Right Solution.

The Right Tools For The Right Solution. Every Time.

Top 5 Concerns:
1. Soft/Employability Skills
2. Lack of Skilled Pipeline of Workers – People aren’t interested in HVAC Careers
3. Lack of High School CTE Programs
a. Drafting, Blueprint reading, and Measurement skills
4. Perception of Career/Awareness of Career Opportunities
     a. “What’s in it for me?”
5. Train the Trainee
     a. Lack of transition of knowledge from skilled employees to new employees

Top 5 Solutions:
1. Have company involvement in the High School and Community College Classrooms (Wallace-Dothan (Joe Johnson) & LBW-MacArthur Campus [Opp]     (Jimmy Hutto)
     a. Join Advisory Committees for HS and Community College programs
2. AIDT Ready to Work at Community Colleges for Soft Skills – Wallace & LBW
     a. Some high schools are beginning to offer this program
3. EITP Grants for Short-Term Training Programs for HVAC Companies
     a. Grants held through Community College & Workforce Funds
4. Develop Apprenticeships, Internships, and Co-Ops
     a. Enroll as  a Registered Apprenticeship program via USDOL and Apprenticeship Alabama

HVAC Industry Meeting Wrap Up Notes

News Coverage by WDHN News 18 – Dothan on the HVAC Industry Cluster Meeting

Officials hope to increase training in skilled trades

“It’s critical for businesses to step up and help facilitate (skilled trades education),” said Gary Scrutchfield, owner of Lumbermans Drywall & Roofing Supply. “This is the future of our industry and the future of the state. We need to participate and help (schools) move forward on this.”

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HVACR Industry: Kid Tested, Parent Approved

“Even with the plethora of career choices available, most in the HVAC world are hopeful their kids follow in their footsteps, noting that even though the industry isn’t perfect, it can provide ample opportunities and a great career path to those willing to work hard and earn it.”

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In US, factory jobs are high-tech, but the workers are not

The problem (with the new jobs in America)? Many of these are not the same jobs that for decades sustained the working class. More and more factory jobs now demand education, technical know-how or specialized skills. And many of the workers set adrift from low-tech factories lack such qualifications. Meanwhile, the dearth of qualified applicants has forced some manufacturers to pay more to fill those jobs.

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Avenues To Help Your Business Excel

       We are at a crucial time for the HVAC industry, and the iron is hot on many levels, so let’s strike! Workforce development leaders all over the state are working to rebuild the skilled labor, “blue collar” pipelines that have been crumbling over the past several years. Southeast AlabamaWorks and all our partners are here to help every company and work towards finding solutions.

       We cannot do this alone, it will take effort, and more importantly time, on all of our parts. We need company leaders to lead the way as experts to help guide the decisions that are being made on all levels. Every seat at the table is open! Will you take yours?

       If you or your company is interested in working with us, please contact us!

We’re Here To Help Your Business Blast Off!

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