Foundation to Debut Pre-Apprenticeship Course

June 6, 2016

The PHCC Educational Foundation is proud to announce the PHCC Educational Foundation HVAC & Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Course, a new online educational program that gives prospective HVAC and plumbing apprentices an opportunity to learn about the p-h-c trade before beginning a longer-term apprentice program. 

“Offering this new course enables us to work with employment centers and schools as well as contractors to provide potential industry workers with a realistic view of the opportunities in the industry and the skills our workers need,” said Merry Beth Hall, PHCC Educational Foundation’s Director of Apprentice & Journeyman Training. 

“With the critical worker shortage facing our industry, we want to attract new people who are interested in the profession but would like to get more of an idea of whether an HVAC or plumbing apprenticeship is the right fit for them. This broad introductory program is a perfect way for potential employees to get a glimpse of how they can succeed in our industry.”

Scheduled to debut in July, the online course covers important aspects of working in the industry using six thematically-focused modules: “Introduction to the Trades,” “Soft Skills,” “Basic Math Skills,” “Tools,” “Safety,” and “Introduction to Construction Drawings.”

As part of the new course, be sure to check out this special preview of the “Introduction to Construction Drawing” module led by Dr. Adam Manley, Associate Professor of Career and Technical Education at Western Michigan University.

Recognizing that taking on an apprentice is an investment made by employers in that individual’s future, the PHCC Educational Foundation believes that this financial commitment is best made when the prospective apprentice understands the expectations and has the fundamental knowledge and skills for the trade.

“Too many contractors have told us about new hires who didn’t understand the working condition and quit after a month or two on the job,” said Hall.

“With this course, they will better understand what is needed in day-to-day aspects of the job, and be able to decide whether they want to move forward with this type of career.”

The course is a joint effort by the Foundation and many volunteers and organizations dedicated to ensuring the success of the next generation. The Foundation would like to thank Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. in Winter Springs, Florida, and Thornton & Grooms, Inc. in Farmington Hills, Michigan, for their assistance in creating this program.

 
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