A Message from the Chairman
It is my pleasure to introduce you to the EGIA Foundation. The EGIA Foundation is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to promoting the home services trades and residential HVAC as a first-choice career option.
Everyone in the home services industry knows about the employment shortage being faced. The EGIA Foundation’s first endeavor was to take a closer look into the awareness and perceptions plaguing the industry by commissioning a comprehensive study performed and analyzed by Decision Analyst. Bridging the HVAC Employment Gap takes up the subjects of awareness and familiarity of high school students and their parents about HVAC as an industry and as a career. This publication reports on the learning achieved from a broad-sweeping research study of contractors, educators, manufacturers, and distributors in addition to high school students and parents.
It’s not just about research, the EGIA Foundation wants to change the perception of HVAC from a backup plan to a first-choice career. We’re actively working to understand it and take steps toward resolving it.
This upcoming year promises to be very exciting. Initially, the EGIA Foundation will be launching a public awareness campaign, through the use of educational videos that will focus on driving improved awareness of careers, job availability, and opportunities for success in the HVAC industry. Next, we will be releasing the Career Hub, a resource site that will connect entry-level workers with job creators.
We are privileged to support our industry by bringing better awareness of HVAC and its career opportunities. The EGIA Foundation could not do this without those who have sponsored or contributed. Thank you to our community of corporate and individual donors.
Sincerely, Bruce Matulich