DAVIDSON, North Carolina–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trane® by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator, is growing the skilled workforce and supporting dedicated U.S. military service members through its Trade Warriors program. The 8-week hands-on training program, launched in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was created by Trane Residential Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) to provide service men and women with the skills and certifications needed to start a successful HVAC career once they transition to civilian life.
“With a projected skilled labor shortage of 122,000 HVAC technicians, this program will strengthen the talent pool and help dealerships across the country hire skilled workers,” said Jason Bingham, President, Residential HVAC Business, Trane Technologies. “Most importantly, the Trade Warriors program provides rewarding careers for service members who have dutifully served our country and helps them transition into life after the military.”
The Trade Warriors program began in late 2021 in partnership with RightTek HVAC Training, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Army Vocational Skills Program at Fort Bragg. The program has successfully trained three cohorts, leading to 20 placements to date. Fifteen students are participating in the fourth cohort which started last week, and there are plans to expand the program to other sites. All service members, male and female, within six months of their separation date are eligible to apply. Veterans can also participate.
Through the Trade Warrior program, experienced HVAC professionals train students on Trane residential equipment – from heat pumps and air conditioners to furnaces, air handlers and ductless systems. Students also have after-hours access to Trane’s in-house Learning Management Systems training programs and e-learning modules if they need additional support.
Before becoming Trane Certified Technicians, students must pass the EPA (EPA608) and NATE Ready-to-Work exams that ensure they have the fundamental job knowledge and skills that come with these key technician certifications. Students also receive hands-on preparation for their new career, logging 1,000 hours toward their HVAC license in North Carolina.
Upon completion of the program, graduates have the opportunity to complete internships with Trane dealers nationwide. Dealers are pre-qualified and must meet a minimum wage and benefit level for soldiers. The program takes into account soldiers’ preferred location to match them with an opportunity that best meets their personal and family needs.
“Once we have facilitated a placement, we maintain an ongoing connection with all Trade Warrior graduates as they transition from the military to a civilian role, which we know can be extremely challenging at times. physically and emotionally,” said Crystal Hyman, Dealer/Contractor Experience Manager for Trane. “From scheduling follow-ups 30, 60 and 90 days after program completion, to connecting graduates or future graduates with previous cohort participants, we can help our students receive the help they need. need on an ongoing basis. ”
Interested candidates can find more information on the US Department of Defense (DOD) SkillBridge website.
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