The Jacksonville area has more apprenticeship opportunities

Amidst a labor shortage, companies are turning to an old paradigm of developing new talent: apprenticeships.

Thomas Nadeau, 20, of Jacksonville, wanted to get into a business in Florida and decided that Snyder HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical would be a good step in his career.

The nearly year-round need of most Florida residents, Nadeau said, was the AC he sold on the ballpark and for career longevity.

“I’ve always known about Snyder – who was born and raised here, so I always watched commercials on TV,” he said. “I try to learn as much as possible.”

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Nadio began his one-year apprenticeship in the third week of April. He said he has a class two days out of the week, during which he does units about diagnostic systems for about four hours before making maintenance calls the rest of the time.

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