Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


School-to-Apprenticeship Program: A Win-Win

Sep 20, 2018


Kendrick Hunt on the job at T.H. Martin.A new program at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is teaching students skills for a lifelong career — and helping local companies find the workers they need, thanks to SMACNA members and their JATC.

Earlier this year, the CMSD, Max Hayes High School in Cleveland, and the Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee signed an agreement allowing students who complete their school work to receive direct entry into an apprenticeship program. 

The “school-to-apprenticeship” program began this summer with three students from Max Hayes High School. They worked throughout the summer at various sheet metal companies, including SMACNA Cleveland member T.H. Martin Inc.

The program is working so well that the SMACNA companies and school have now decided to continue it through the student's senior year, allowing them to work part-time.

Companies such as T.H. Martin welcomes the apprentices who are finding the CMSD program a good fit. “We’re looking for creative ways to get better talent," said Tom Martin, company president. “Meanwhile, you’re getting trained and we’re paying you to get trained.”

Kendrick Hunt, 17, a senior at Max Hayes, works for T.H. Martin as part of the program. He applied at the urging of his parents and is thrilled to receive a paycheck while acquiring the skills for a lifelong career.

The program is not only providing more upward mobility and education for those interested in working in the sheet metal and HVAC industries, but also providing the Ohio industries with top, well-trained youthful talent. Learn more...