Submitted by Southeastern Vermont Community Action
Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), Vermont Technical College's Technology Extension Division and the college's Center for Sustainable Practices held two Weatherization Installer Certificate trainings in August at SEVCA's main office located at 91 Buck Drive, in Westminster, providing local men and women with the essential skills to become Weatherization crew technicians in the future.
The training program, designed for entry level field technicians, is aimed at improving and enhancing Vermont's weatherization workers.
More trainings are scheduled be held in the near future.
The three-day training sessions focused on the demonstration and hands-on application of advanced air sealing and insulation techniques, blower doors, mechanical ventilation, hand and power tools, safety measures, furnace ductwork issues and solutions, gaining access to attics, and more.
VTC revealed their new mobile training unit that will be used for skill development at SEVCA's Westminster location.
Graduates of this training will help meet the growing demand for trained installers to work on weatherization crews. While there are no prerequisites for the course, a good foundation in basic math, construction practices and hand power tools is helpful.
Contractors and other professionals who want to expand their businesses will find the training particularly useful.
"The number of weatherization and home energy contractors in Vermont is growing, as is the need for trained and certified personnel capable of properly installing weatherization measures," said Guy Payne, SEVCA Micro Business Training Coordinator.
"Over the next several years Vermont will need to address weatherization needs in more than 120,000 homes and other buildings," said Jay Paterson, director of the Technology Extension Division at Vermont Tech. "We have developed this and several other certificate trainings to build a qualified workforce to get the job done and done right" he stated.
To learn more about upcoming trainings, contact Dana Storer at 728-1313 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is available at www.csp.vtc.edu.