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Did you know the Social Security Administration anticipates a 22 percent reduction in the U.S. workforce between now and 2022? Coupled with a growing industry, there are opportunities for HVAC contractors, plumbers and electricians.
If you know a high school graduate who has yet to identify their next move – tell them Greater Cincinnati’s Apollo Home, a plumbing, electrical and heating and air leader, is paying students to learn a trade to take the places of retiring workers.
Apollo Home is Investing in Plumbers
Apollo Home, a five-time Cincinnati Enquirer “Best Workplace” winner, is dedicated to serving homeowners’ plumbing and sewer needs. Because of this increasing talent shortage, Apollo Home is offering a paid training Apprenticeship Program. Valued around $20,000, this program is designed to take someone with little to no technical training and support him or her to licensed, journeyman status.
Compiled of weeks of classroom, hands-on and offsite training, the Apprenticeship Program offers a comprehensive education in plumbing, sewer services, customer service and professional development.
“It’s really more about the type of person,” says Apollo Home CEO Jamie Gerdsen. “We want applicants who fit our core values, such as an eagerness to learn and to find solutions, to help people and to do the right thing. We can’t teach you those things, but we can teach you everything about plumbing. We care about a student’s success, because we, as a company, are only as successful as our people.”
To help students, time is spent role-playing various scenarios, giving them an opportunity to troubleshoot with fellow students and trainers. They also have extensive opportunities for ride-alongs with veteran plumbers to watch Apollo Home experts in action.
Apollo Home Provides an Alternative
In addition to retiring Baby Boomer generation workers and industry expansion, there’s a shortage of people pursuing careers installing and repairing plumbing, electrical and heating and air. A nationwide push in the 1970s to encourage more high schoolers to attend college, inadvertently steered graduates away from “blue collar” jobs.
The reality is, these so-called “blue collar” jobs can never be sent overseas, demand is increasing and income is going up too. The majority of “white collar” positions require expensive schooling leaving graduates with mountains of debt from tuition, fees, textbooks and housing while salaries in many cases are the same or less than career tradespeople.
Apollo Home Commits to Apprentices
Apollo Home takes recruitment even more seriously, by paying those participating in their Apollo Apprenticeship programs. The students are literally earning while they’re learning a trade. A second job to support themselves, like most college students, is unnecessary, so students can focus on their classwork and be involved with family and their community. At graduation, they have no education debt – instead, they have a good career.
Incredible and Competitive Benefits for Apollo Home Employees
Apollo Home offers an interest-free loan program so graduates can easily purchase the tools they’ll need right away. A truck is provided so he or she can leave from home in the morning.
Apollo Home is dedicated to employees and customers and adamant about doing the right thing at every opportunity.
“We want our employees to love working with us,” continued Gerdsen. “Investing in professional development and caring about an employee’s home life is part of supporting the whole person. We want them to enjoy work and to enjoy time at home with friends and family.”
The 100-year-old company promotes a strong company culture with benefits for full-time employees including paid vacation, health, dental, vision and life insurance, a college savings plan, 401k personal retirement savings plan, free uniforms, a cell phone and tablet, gas for the company vehicle and more!
For more information about the Apollo Home Apprenticeship program for plumbers, heating and air technicians and electricians, contact one of the friendly members of the Apollo Home team. Get paid to learn a trade today!