For Immediate Release
Contact: Mireya Eavey
Executive Vice President of CareerEdge
Setting a New Standard: Fast-Track HVAC Training Adds Workers to the Industry
Sarasota, Fla. (May, 7 2019) – 11 individuals recently graduated from the first HVAC Installation Fast-Track Training, held at Manatee Technical College (MTC). 100% have job offers from the following local HVAC companies: Cool Today, Veterans Air, Del Air, Unique Air, Sean McCutcheon, Dan Eder, Ultimate Air, Putnam Mechanical and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.
The HVAC Fast-Track Training was piloted as a way for employers to quickly fill in-demand HVAC Installation openings and to create access to HVAC career pathways with opportunities for future promotions. Representing the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s workforce development initiative, CareerEdge and donor Walt Eppard brought HVAC employers and MTC together to identify the specific curriculum components for this consolidated, employer-led, hands-on training.
Newly hired graduates gained an average hourly wage increase of 14% from their previous jobs after completing this three-month program. Robertson Consulting Group’s evaluation of CareerEdge Funders Collaborative’s 2018 program results found that within two years, program participants saw an average hourly wage increase of 56%. These wage increases contribute a larger economic impact of an added $5.5 million to the regional economy, as found in the Robertson Consulting Group’s Evaluation Report.
Highlighting the effectiveness of this program, Michael Bannister, Manager at Del-Air said, “The combination of the technical and soft skills learned in this program has made each of the graduates an instantly valuable asset that any installation team would gladly have. The continuation of programs such as this will continue to bolster the students, instructors, trade partners, and the community for years to come.”
About CareerEdge Funders Collaborative
CareerEdge Funder’s Collaborative is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. CareerEdge is the workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.556.4029.
About the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization that works to cultivate Sarasota's prosperity and quality of life through our member businesses, for more information please call (941) 955-8187 or visit us at www.sarasotachamber.com.