10 Nov What We’re Learning – November 2021
Values of the ‘Modern Learner’, HVAC Industry Workforce Transition and the Value of On-the-Job Training for HVAC Professionals
At D+R, we’re always learning more about the technology, markets, and policies affecting building and transformation electrification. This month, our “What We’re Learning” series highlights a different area of the industry: workforce education in the HVAC industry.
Here’s what we learned this month about today’s learner, the retirement transition in the HVAC field and the value of on-the-job training for HVAC professionals:
7 things we learned from Deloitte’s “Meet the Modern Learner”
As the workforce continues to change with the influence of technology and a post-pandemic economy, the employment market must adapt to the ‘modern learner’. Deloitte’s infographic on the modern learner highlights employee values for workplace productivity and growth, a key value being training. Employees are looking to learn and will do so through industry, skills, and technology training. Another value of the modern learner is accessibility to employee resources for on-the-job questions. By focusing on employee tenets for success and education development, companies can better adapt to the growing and changing workforce.
HVAC jobs are running hot. Young workers and women are much needed for this recession-resistant gig.
As many baby-boomer aged HVAC professionals head towards retirement, the industry looks to fill their shoes with a new generation of HVAC technicians. This new workforce hopes to include more women, who currently account for just 9 percent of the industry according to Air Conditioning Contractors of America. In promoting the profession, many of the assumptions about the field have changed, making it a viable and exciting career for a diverse group. Significant changes include lighter weight equipment, a focus on technology, and career stability due to climate change and equipment updates for energy savings. For many, HVAC careers offer continued professional development with on-the-job training that doesn’t include the burden of educational debt.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
On the job: What it takes to earn $80,000 as an HVAC tech in Corona, California
Jumping into the HVAC industry may seem daunting, but the potential opportunities for growth and success confirm the long term value. This article highlights Roger Cuadra, an HVAC technician in Corona, CA who shares his story of finding his path into the HVAC field and the values he instilled to successfully move up in the industry. Cuadra notes his persistence to learning and tips from his co-workers as key to his professional growth. When highlighting what contributed to his success, Cuadra credits city provided courses and NATE certifications which helped him learn more on the job and better his skills in the industry. Now a high earner, Cuadra hopes his story will inspire others to join this lucrative field.
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