Hands-On Training Helps Solve the Labor Shortage

Dec. 4, 2019
Emerson partners with FSG to deliver Greenlee's GreenApple Labs Training and provide a professional learning setting for apprentices.

Industry experts estimate the United States needs 500,000 electricians to fulfill the growing construction demands. To alleviate the skills gap, Emerson’s Greenlee business is working with electrical contractor FSG to integrate GreenApple Labs curriculum into its free training program. FSG recently opened its Dallas, San Antonio and Austin locations, where more than 150 students attended the event to advance their trade career.

“GreenApple Labs is a natural fit with our program,” says Cory Bruner, director of risk management for FSG. “The partnership brings a professional classroom setting into an FSG training site, giving the apprentice the ability to learn how to use a tool in the classroom and then apply the technique to their on-the-job learning opportunity.”

“We are proud to partner with FSG and others to inspire and train people who want to pursue a career in the trades,” said Paul McAndrew, vice president and general manager of Greenlee, Emerson. “GreenApple Labs is about providing training to students in the classroom ensuring they are ready to work when they arrive on the job.”

GreenApple Labs
GreenApple Labs was created and introduced to all students to develop key trade profession competencies with the equipment they will use as employees on the job site. Greenlee developed a series of standardized competency-based, hands-on modules that provide key skill sets required by employers as they enter the workforce. In partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), students that successfully complete courses in the five core electrical trade categories: bending, cutting and termination, fishing and pulling, test and measurement, and wire pathways, are awarded a certificate signifying their knowledge and hands-on competency. Completed certificates meet Industry-Based Credentials (IBC) requirements, which are recognized by the local, state and several national certifying entities (BICSI, ETA-I). The hands-on program includes a series of training modules that not only educates students on new technology that an electrician may need to know but reinforces fundamental skillsets while in the controlled environment of a classroom.

People interested in learning more about GreenApple Labs need to connect with Steve Lehr, director, vocational education business development at [email protected]; learn more about GreenApple Labs at

FSG Training
Currently, 200 students are enrolled in FSG’s program. Instructor-led courses use training from GreenApple Labs, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, and on-the-job training. Apprentice programs consist of four levels of electrical training through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and help fulfill the necessary hours of on-the-job experience. Apprentice opportunities are offered at nine FSG locations including Austin, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, Chicago, Indianapolis, Southern California and New York. Individuals interested in learning more about the FSG apprentice training program should visit

Emerson’s Professional Tools businesses include Greenlee as well as the RIDGID and Klauke brands and provides the industry’s broadest portfolio of advanced, reliable tools and technologies for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades globally. Visit for more information.

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