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HVACR Workforce Development Foundation to Elevate Industry, Attract New Players

Eight heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and water heating industry associations recently announced the formation of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation. 

The Foundation, which includes Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA); Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); the Air Movement and Control Association; ASHRAE; Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International; Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI); the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association; and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, will work to raise awareness of the industry, attract new members to the workforce, and enhance the quality of the available workforce in the industry.

The Foundation will market to the industry, as well as federal and state education and labor departments, and career and technical education programs. It will also educate secondary school principals, counselors, and teachers of the career prospects in the HVACR industry.

“This Foundation is representative of the industry’s effort to promote education, projects, and partnerships that will attract committed and skilled employees to the industry,” said Stephen Yurek, President and CEO of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). “The HVACR and water heating industry offers a great career path, and we want more people to be a part of it.”