4 Strategies To Recruit And Hire The Very Best Employees | Howard, MD

  Most of your employees are probably great. But it’s likely that you have a few that aren’t pulling their weight. And, even the great employees are rarely as dedicated to your company as you’d like them to be. You’re a reasonable boss but sometimes it feels like a challenge to recruit and hire the very best employees. Use these powerful, proven, and innovated tips to overcome the hassles and build a STRONG team. Strategy #1. Change Your Thinking About Who You Want When you have a spot to fill on the schedule, and your other employees are grumbling about…
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Addressing Workforce Constraints | Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    Recently, ACCA got two big steps forward in their work to address the workforce shortage that is facing our industry. 1) ACCA applauds President Trump’s leadership for signing the July 19th executive order that will develop a national strategy to expand job-training and apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers and give them the proper tools to succeed in the American workforce. The executive order President Trump signed establishes the National Council for the American Worker, which will develop a national strategy for training and retraining workers for high-demand industries. ACCA has been urging Congress and the Administration to…
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ACCA advances federal funding | Annapolis, MD

    As summer heats up and temps exceed 100 degrees many of your businesses are filling this workforce constraint more than ever.   While we have yet to discover the silver bullet to provide the much-needed workforce fix, we are pleased to share skilled workforce support took a major step forward last week when…Perkins CTE passed the Senate HELP Committee!!! BACKGROUND: Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act dictates how the federal government spends about $1 billion each year on career and technical education programs. If the reauthorization is passed, it would mark a major step toward the law’s first significant…
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US Department of Labor’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion – Carroll, MD

The Department of Labor (DOL) Task Force established by President Trump’s Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America will be holding their second of four meetings scheduled for 2018, on February 6th.  The mission of the task force is to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient. The task force has recognized that registered/approved apprenticeship programs are not keeping up with labor demands. (Did you see we have locked in DOL Secretary, Alex Acosta to speak at our annual conference next week?) Take Away of the Task Force So Far: The Task Force…
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Recruiting Veterans – ACCA Has A New Resource To Help – Howard, MD

   Finding Qualified employees is a struggle that most contractors face. The conversation about how to recruit employees appears on the ACCA Contractor Forum frequently and ACCA receives questions about it all the time. The question really boils down to: where do you find these employees to fill the workforce? Over the past decade a new group of qualified people has emerged as a prime group for contractors to look at…VETERANS! With the end of the combat missions in the Middle East and the reduction in our military force, there is a large pool of veterans who are looking to…
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What Do Air Conditioner Ratings Tell You?

While shopping for new air conditioning equipment, one factor stands out as most important: energy efficiency. The more energy your HVAC system uses, the more expensive your bills will be. So, while considering which system to buy, take a moment to compare air conditioner ratings. These ratings were created to help you make an informed decision when shopping for a new system. If you select the best efficiency rating, you will maximize savings while maintaining an ideal level of home comfort. But, what exactly air conditioner ratings mean in plain english and how do you know which one to pick? Let’s…
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The 411 on Ductless Systems

With the many different types of air conditioning systems on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. While you may have heard of a ductless system, many people don’t actually know what they are or how they work. Ductless systems are one of the most flexible alternatives to central air conditioning in the summer, and they’re known for their performance, comfort, and energy efficiency. A ductless split system can play a superior role in your home comfort this season. Here’s the 411. What is a ductless system? A ductless heating and cooling system, also called ductless split or mini-split systems,…
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Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

Being cold cannot give you a cold, despite what many people may think. Only germs, bacteria, and viruses can do that. However, your air conditioner could be a contributing factor to your summer cold. Here’s how. Poor Indoor Air Quality Although your air conditioner is your most prized summertime possession—it gives you a sanctuary away from the blazing sun and helps you sleep soundly—it can also be contributing to poor indoor air quality if not properly maintained. That’s right: your air conditioner could be filtering germs and infections throughout your home without you realizing. Everyone is constantly opening doors and…
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A Quick Guide to Cooling Season HVAC Terms

Your cooling system is directly related to your family’s home comfort. The hot and humid summers in Maryland can be excruciating without a working air conditioning system. If you want a cool and comfortable season, it’s important to schedule your HVAC maintenance as soon as possible. But, before you get that tune-up, familiarize yourself with some basic HVAC terms to help you understand and communicate any concerns you may have. Becoming versed in common cooling season HVAC terminology can help you make more informed decisions and understand your family’s home comfort a little better. Here are some terms to know….
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