PHCC and ASA Carry Industry's Message to the White House on Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Training
Sept. 22, 2017
By Mark Riso, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Last week PHCC, along with the American Supply Association, met with senior White House policy staffers regarding workforce development - specifically apprenticeship training. The meeting comes on the heels of President Trump’s issuance of a June Executive Order (EO) regarding apprenticeship training.
The purpose of the meeting at the White House was to open a dialogue and deliver a very specific message to the Administration, conveyed by PHCC President-elect Laurie Crigler.
“The plumbing industry is doing a lot to encourage parents and young people to explore our opportunities but we cannot do it alone," said Crigler.
"We need to include plumbing/water in any infrastructure federal spending…many forget that infrastructure is not just roads and bridges…it is the water and sewage systems that keeps our nation healthy as well."
Crigler pointed out that while colleges and universities certainly provide excellent education, the message we need to be sending is that it is not the only path for success. Apprentices can develop usable skills, find rewarding jobs and end up with little or no debt upon apprenticeship completion.
The plumbing-heating-cooling industry also offers great opportunities for younger people to learn more about the trades including programs such as “Ride and Decide,” where a student can experience a day in the life of a plumbing contractor, career days and the latest development: online-learning based apprenticeship classes.
"We need to get the technical trades classes put back in high schools so that our young people truly have a choice," said Crigler.
"After all, we can build all the apprenticeship programs in the world, but if we do not have a system that feeds the young people into those apprenticeship programs then we are not accomplishing what those programs are designed to do: help solve our labor shortage issue.”