It’s evident everywhere – in the headlines, in schools, and especially in businesses: The skilled trades gap is taking a toll on HVAC and other industries. By 2020, an estimated 31 million* skilled trades positions will be left vacant by retiring Baby Boomers and not enough new trade-educated technicians with the skills needed to take their place. With this major shortage looming in the near future, it’s critical for businesses and educators to take action and promote the rewarding career opportunities available in HVAC.

The costs of receiving an education can be high, making it challenging for employers to find trade-educated replacements for retirees. That’s why we started Mission: HVAC, a scholarship program that is designed to help support the next generation of HVAC students. Now, we’re seeking three new HVAC students – and two trade school programs – to participate in the program’s fifth year.

Do you have what it takes?

Over the course of 10 months, students will be given HVAC-themed missions that will require them to do research, conduct interviews with HVAC pros and educators, and analyze their own experiences studying and practicing HVAC. Each student will compile their findings into blog posts that will be shared here at Tape University. The reward for their hard work? $5,000 cash to put towards the cot of their education.

In addition to students, we are also seeking educators representing HVAC trade school programs to participate in our very first trade school expansion of Mission: HVAC. HVAC instructors employed by trade schools across the nation have the chance to apply on behalf of their school’s HVAC program to receive $5,000 to put toward either the tools, technology, or training their school needs to equip their HVAC students to be successful. Whether there is a need for fully stocked toolboxes, technology to modernize the classroom, or additional scholarship and training opportunities, two trade schools will be selected to receive their own “scholarship.” Representatives from the selected schools will be asked to complete up to three of their own missions, providing commentary from an educator’s perspective on the state of the HVAC industry.

Are you ready to get a jump start on your career – or help equip your students with the tools they need – with Mission: HVAC? Apply now!

The student application can be found here, and educators can apply on behalf of their schools here.

All applications are due by February 9, 2019. We can’t wait to hear from you!