SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Housecall Pro launched Trade Academy to help secure the future of the next generation of tradespeople. The site is a free resource that hosts industry-speciﬁc job boards where home service businesses can create an employer proﬁle, post open job listings, and search resumes of qualiﬁed candidates in their area.
“When we talk to our customers, we consistently hear that hiring skilled tradespeople is their biggest pain point,” said Ian Heidt, president and co-founder of Housecall Pro. “We are committed to helping those looking for employment get training and ﬁnd sustainable, high-paying careers. For many young people, the trades are a lucrative alternative to the traditional college path, and not enough people know that. ”
“At WD-40 Company, we’re about solving problems, and we’re committed to giving trade professionals the tools and training they need to get the job done right,” said Garry Ridge, chairman and CEO of WD-40 Company. “We’re pleased to partner with Trade Academy and support its mission to bridge the gap between home service business owners and qualiﬁed employees by creating a dedicated space for people looking to hire and get hired in the skilled trades.”
Along with a job board that is highly specialized to each trade, the site releases weekly blog posts and resources to support job seekers and employers alike. Topics range from interview questions, to trade school costs, to job description templates, and more.
“We got a qualiﬁed candidate who applied, interviewed, and was hired within days of posting our job technician job opening on the job board,” said Chris Barker, owner of Elevation Mechanical. “It was the easiest time we’ve ever had hiring a new tech.”
In addition to the job board and hiring resources, Trade Academy is launching a trade school scholarship fund totaling $25,000 for the 2021-2022 school year. Initially open to candidates in the HVACR industry, students planning to enter HVACR trade school are eligible to win one of ten $2,500 scholarships to use towards their education.
“There simply aren’t enough young people entering the trades these days, which is contributing to the labor shortage,” said Brian Ciciora, CEO of TrueWerk. “I see business as a platform for advancing humanity, not just proﬁting from it, and we are proud to oﬀer our support to Trade Academy. TrueWerk will be decking out all scholarship recipients with brand new work wear as they start their technician careers.”
Visit www.tradeacademy.com to set up an employer proﬁle, job seeker proﬁle, or apply for the scholarship today.