Ben Norford is currently a first year electrician apprentice at UVA Facilities Management! He graduated from Albemarle High School in 2015 and has been in the trades ever since. He had been working mostly in Richmond doing apartment renovations for the area’s growing high-density housing. His experience included drywall work and apartment painting, as well as performing full apartment renovations and remodeling.
“Getting into renovations is what turned me on to electrical work and is what has me excited for what’s in store for myself here at UVA!”
Matt Taylor is a native of Nelson County, Virginia and is excited to be in his first year of an HVAC apprenticeship at UVA FM. He got a jump start on his program and had already completed a year of classes at Virginia Technical Institute when he began his apprenticeship.
“I hope my training there and the training I receive here will make me become a strong HVAC technician. Over the next 4 years I look forward to gaining experience and reaching my goals.”
Established in 1982, UVA Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program offers highly motivated applicants an opportunity to learn a skilled trade through a combination of on-the-job training, technical education and classroom instruction in a four-year program.
The University’s apprenticeship program was the first of its kind to be established by a state agency in Virginia and has been a model for other programs. In addition to the success and longevity of the program, Facilities Management is proud that the majority of graduated apprentices make a career at the University.
Each year, approximately seven to thirteen new apprentices are brought into the program depending on business needs. Some of the trades represented in our program include: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry, plastering and HVAC.
Each apprentice is a full-time University employee with salary and benefits. Apprentices train on the job with licensed journeymen, mentors, supervisors and others who help ensure the highest quality facilities management for the University and the Health System.
Applicants must be able to meet the physical requirements for their prospective trades. They must be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate and be at least 18 years of age by the time new apprentices begin work.
Advertisement and recruitment for the apprenticeship program is conducted annually in February and March. Interviews are conducted in the spring, and new apprentices begin onboarding in July, with classroom instruction beginning shortly thereafter.