Training and products
We’ve spent some more time poking around the region seeing how local PHCCs are trying to attract new workers to the industry. This month we checked in with the PHCC of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to find out about its Work Ready program, a 40-hour, one-week course at the group’s Anaheim training facility that preps recruits for joining the trade work force and gives students a realistic perspective on what these jobs entail.
Now, by no means will students be plumbers when they’re done, but the classroom activities coupled with lab work will get everybody up to speed on job safety issues, construction math, intro to power tools, dealing with customers and code basics. The end game is to instill a sense of professionalism in the students and to give them a good taste of what lies ahead if they decide to pursue a four year apprentice program.
If you’re in the area, have a look at the program and consider sending your new hires through before starting them off in an apprenticeship program. The end result will be better plumbers and better employees.
On an unrelated note, readers will find this issue of RJ is missing our regular monthly product feature this time. We know everybody loves new products, and so do we. There are a couple of reasons for the omission in this issue: first, we wanted to cram the issue full of as many articles as possible; and, second, the story was going to be a look at all things new in the world of water heaters. Well, we have so many we figured it would be better to hold off for a month than try to cram everything into a scant couple of pages.
So, next month, along with our regular features, we’ll be back on track with the product stuff as we take a big RJ look at water heating. And we hope to see you next month, both in the pages of the magazine, and at the second Service World Expo event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Sept. 7-8. See you there.