Industry experts estimate the U.S. needs 500,000 electricians to fulfill the growing construction demands. To alleviate the skills gap, Emerson’s Greenlee business is working with electrical contractor FSG to integrate the GreenApple Labs curriculum into its free training program. FSG recently opened in Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin locations, where more than 150 students attended the event to advance their trade career.
“GreenApple Lab is a natural fit with our program,” said Cory Bruner, director of risk management for FSG. “The partnership brings a professional classroom setting into an FSG training site, giving the apprentice the ability to learn how to use a tool in the classroom and then apply the technique to their on-the-job learning opportunity.”
“We are proud to partner with FSG and others to inspire and train people who want to pursue a career in the trades,” said Paul McAndrew, vice president and general manager of Greenlee, Emerson. “GreenApple Labs is about providing training to students in the classroom ensuring they are ready to work when they arrive on the job.”
GreenApple Labs was created and introduced to all students to develop key trade profession competencies with the equipment they will use as employees on the Jobsite. Greenlee developed a series of standardized competency-based, hands-on modules that provide key skill sets required by employers as they enter the workforce. In partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), students that successfully complete courses in the five core electrical trade categories: bending, cutting and termination, fishing and pulling, test and measurement, and wire pathways, are awarded a certificate signifying their knowledge and hands-on competency. Completed certificates meet Industry-Based Credentials (IBC) requirements, which are recognized by the local, state and several national certifying entities (BICSI, ETA-I). The hands-on program includes a series of training modules that not only educates students on new technology that an electrician may need to know but reinforces fundamental skillsets while in the controlled environment of a classroom.