Trane Trade Warriors Program Helps Soldiers Enter the Industry
The HVAC industry labor shortage presents an employment opportunity for transitioning service members, veterans, and employers, and ACCA members and technical trainers Bill Timberlake and Anthony Maynor of RightTek HVAC Training agree.
Timberlake and Maynor’s RightTek training distills a yearlong training program from a local college into a two-month course. Now, they are paying it forward by partnering with ACCA Corporate Partner, Trane, to provide HVAC training to the Fort Bragg Army Base through the Trane Trade Warriors program.
As part of the program, Trane provides equipment to the students as well as after-hours access to their internal Learning Management Systems training programs and online learning modules.
Trane also ensures that there are no out-of-pocket costs for soldiers looking to learn HVAC through the program. The cost of attendance is covered by HVAC dealers who hire the program’s graduates, resulting in a nearly 100% job placement rate.
“Everybody that comes through the program has been extremely excited about the doors that it’s opened for their potential future career path,” says Timberlake. “To be able to work in the civilian sector, provide for their families and their future with job security. For a lot of these guys coming out of the service, where they’re doing something that maybe doesn’t translate into civilian life, this gives them a pathway directly from the military into the civilian world, and I think that’s part of why it’s been very popular.”
Though the program is currently only at Fort Bragg, it will soon expand to Fort hood, and later Camp Lejeune.
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