Conserva Irrigation, Richmond, Virginia, successfully launched Conserva CareerTech Academy last month with its inaugural training and boot camp in Sarasota, Florida.
“The creation and launch of Conserva CareerTech Academy is an integral part of our growth strategy for 2020 and beyond,” says Russ Jundt, founder and brand leader at Conserva. “With unemployment near its lowest in nearly 11 years and semi-skilled labor in high demand by employers, we had to dig deep and develop an irrigation industry feeder and training machine.”
The intent of the program is to source good candidates for the system. Ideal candidates are young men and women with little or no irrigation experience, and who have decided not to attend college or go into the military, have a strong desire to work outdoors and are somewhat mechanically inclined. Once they apply online, they will go through a series of interviews to discern if they are a good fit. The local market franchise owners ultimately make the decision of who to hire and enroll in the program.
The academy is a four week program led by Conserva’s Jay Gray, an Irrigation Association certified and 30-year accredited member, holding the CIC, CIT, CID, CLIA, and CLWM certifications. The academy consists of field, classroom and online study, which prepares the cadets for a rewarding career as a technician.
“I am extremely excited to work with these incredible young men and women as they enter an industry that is very near and dear to my heart,” says Gray. “It is refreshing and rewarding to see their eyes light up as they learn the idiosyncrasies of an irrigation system.”
Conserva plans on conducting five to seven academies per year, primarily at its headquarters. Each boot camp has 12-16 cadets who are immediately employed by their hiring franchise location.