Fort Myers, FL, December 21, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The state of Florida is home to more than 1.6-million veterans - the third largest population of veterans in the nation. And, veterans today, particularly those now returning from war zones including Iraq and Afghanistan, are facing a market still dealing with double digit unemployment. One local company is defying state and national trend, and continuing to grow its workforce. Home-Tech, Southwest Florida’s leading air conditioning and major appliance sales and service provider, is now accepting applications for its apprenticeship program, which provides on-the-job training for qualified job seekers. Twice each year, Home-Tech hires up to five apprentice technicians who “earn while they learn” at the company’s in-house training facility in Fort Myers, and out in the field as they ride along with a senior technician.
The next group of apprentices will begin their training in January of 2012. The apprentices undergo a rigorous, 56-hour “boot camp” at the training center’s classrooms, which include appliances and an HVAC system for hands-on practice. After completing the classroom training, each apprentice is assigned to ride along with a senior technician for 45 days before they begin to handle routine calls on their own. Training continues throughout the first year, with in-house instruction totaling 260 hours.
“We always give priority to veterans, but we are now focusing additional emphasis on encouraging veterans to apply for our full-ride scholarship to a proven career path. As an employer, we fully understand the benefit of hiring disciplined men and women, who know what it means to work. The military instills and reinforces these traits, making veterans the best possible job applicants,” said Home-Tech President Steve Marino.
Applicants for the Home-Tech Apprenticeship Program must be at least 21 years old, drug-free, with a good driving record and no criminal record. For more information, call 800-433-9740, ext. 298.
Home-Tech has been an industry leader and trendsetter in the fields of home-service agreements, air conditioning, and major appliance sales and service for three decades. Founded in 1981 by Steve Marino, who continues as President and Chairman of the Board, Home-Tech is privately held and employee-owned. Home-Tech employs 135 people in Southwest Florida and provides services in Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. Home-Tech operates from its headquarters in Fort Myers and a regional office in Bradenton. For more information, visit www.Home-Tech.com or call 239-433-3344.