Business Experience

Let us help you build a better workforce.

We understand the frustration that comes with trying to not only recruit, but train new employees from the ground up. Developing your own technical training program can be time-consuming and costly. NexTech Academy makes it easy to implement industry-leading technical training in your business without the headache or expense.

NexTech Academy provides the structure and the curriculum, all you need to provide is a training leader to help guide employees through the program; access to a computer, internet connection, a valid email address – and a quiet place to work. For the hands-on portion of their training, you will need to provide access to tools and equipment to complete the skill assessments.

Support when you need it, from coaches who get it.

NexTech Academy coaches work with training leaders (a designated manager or senior technician within your company who works with new apprentices) to successfully implement the training program in their businesses. Our coaches are experienced professionals who have worked in the industry and understand the challenges you face when recruiting and training new technicians. They will work with you to help facilitate enrollment and navigation of the program and can help with teaching strategies for skills assessments. When you need support, NexTech Academy coaches are here to help.

Easily monitor employee progress and performance.

Because this is a self-paced program, monitoring the progress of employees is important to ensure they are understanding the curriculum and getting the support they need. The NexTech Academy online learning management system makes tracking employee progress quick and easy. Training leaders can log on and view employee progress at-a-glance. Each module is set up so employees are unable to progress until they pass the quizzes and their training mentor has signed off on skills assessments.

What business leaders are saying.

We have just started, but so far the NexTech Academy program has been exceptional. The website is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. The support staff has been with us every step of the way with weekly calls and a willingness to walk us through each process over the phone. The one technician we have enrolled in the program reports that he really enjoys the experience. NexTech Academy combines a mixture of media formats to keep technicians engaged and challenged. As a training mentor, I have found that the program allows me to track the progress of my participants at a glance, and offers insight into how best to help them learn their trade. I am excited to see how the curriculum advances the skills of my technicians and improves the quality of our business.

Scott Thelen
Service Manager, Pippin Brothers, Inc.

As a manager wearing multiple hats – service manager/sales manager for the HVAC department – I was having a lot of trouble putting together a proper onboarding program in terms of technical training. We have been growing at 10-15 percent each year for the last four years and the one thing that is holding even more growth back is not just finding good people, but training them. I have two technicians going through the course at the moment and I couldn’t be more excited. The program is so detailed and organized. It allows me to check up on them to see their progress and I have weekly meetings with them to hold them accountable. Having a Nexstar coach is very helpful as well because it keeps me focused in between all other duties my job requires. As an admin, I can take the course simultaneously with my technicians, which helps me help them if they have questions throughout the process.

Kyle Fleck
Service/Sales Manager, Essig Plumbing & Heating

Attract quality people excited to learn a new trade.

Nexstar Network provides a number of resources to help you attract quality people who are ready to pursue a career in the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical industries (PHCE.) Our exclusive job board, Nexstar Network Jobs, is available to Nexstar Network members to help recruit top talent for technician positions in the trades.

Explore the Trades

For many of our Nexstar members, the shortage of skilled labor is the number one constraint to growing the company. Recruiting the best and brightest in the industry isn’t as easy as it sounds. And, it’s important that those same folks are a great fit in your company culture. Hire for character, train for skill – that’s why Explore The Trades exists.

Explore The Trades is focused on recruiting the next generation of technical talent to the plumbing, HVAC and electrical trades. The organization has created a wide assortment of career path handouts, infographics and videos that may be incorporated into a company’s recruiting plans. Explore The Trades also provides veterans with the opportunity to learn the trades through a partnership with NexTech Academy.

Debuting in 2020, Explore The Trades and NexTech Academy are focused on providing trades education to high schools through an initiative called Ready, Set, Skilled.

To learn more about these programs, contact Kate Cinnamo, executive director, at [email protected].

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