The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance celebrated National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 13-19. This year’s theme was “Registered Apprenticeship: Superhighway to Good Jobs.” During this week, PHTA promoted its two registered apprenticeship programs for people interested in careers as pool maintenance and service professionals and for pool builders.
PHTA first launched the pool maintenance and service technician apprenticeship program in August 2021 and launched its second program, the pool installer technician apprenticeship program, in August 2023. These two programs allow PHTA members to improve the number of skilled workers in the pool construction and service industries. Free enrollment is offered for PHTA members.
These programs play a key role in recruiting, training and retaining employees. They allow employers to reach more diverse candidates; connect with more local workforce and community organizations; provide mentorship and hands-on learning; and build trust, loyalty and rapport.
“The PHTA apprenticeship program has helped our company illustrate a clear career path for our current and potential employees that we have been trying to develop for years,” says Justin Lex, operations manager of Swimming Pool Services, Inc. in Waukesha, Wisconsin. “It has been a great tool for our business to be able to recruit new hires and develop current ones by showing them the milestones they need to hit to not only advance their industry knowledge but also advance their personal financial earnings.”