‘Ride and Decide’ job shadowing program boosts interest in trades

‘Ride and Decide’ job shadowing program boosts interest in trades

Contractors have been looking for ways to revive interest in vocational training programs.  Gordy Noe is spearheading a “Ride and Decide” job shadowing pilot program for the skilled trades.  The program will pair students with various trade contractors to provide paid jobs. If it's successful, Noe will help launch the program statewide, and then nationally.   

KNOXVILLE, TENN. — For every four skilled workers that leave the construction industry, only one is entering the field. It’s a fact this industry faces, and one that motivates Gordy Noe, president of Pioneer Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee, to do something about it.

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