D&D Elevator, specializes in the provision of Secure Elevator Solutions to Westchester and regions of the greater NY area: Elevator Maintenance, Repair, Emergency Service Modernization and Violation Removal. With beginnings tracing back to the 1980s, the Elmsford-based company prides itself on its long-term relationships and the highest level of customer service; it is currently in the process of establishing a presence in Yonkers, in the form of the Yonkers Training Center for Elevator Technicians, a program designed to help address the critical labor shortage in the technical trades.
For its own company, D&D Elevator has been delivering apprenticeship training for over 15 years with great success. Explains CEO, Robert "Bob" Schaeffer: “To allow us to grow at a reasonable pace, our goal was to make sure we always had enough skilled workers, while maintaining and enhancing our existing workforce. More recently, we have seen a dynamic change in the workforce. Retirees have outpaced new apprentices and rather than deal with the rigors of daily maintenance, repairs, modernizations and the installation of elevators, many qualified technicians have opted to become inspectors and third-party witnesses. Our industry urgently needs a young, skilled labor force to come in behind them.”
To address this need, D&D is working on expanding the training model to other elevator companies nationwide that subscribe to the common goal of using only educated and safety-trained skilled labor. When D&D began asking other companies if they had any interest in this, the answer was a resounding ‘if you build it, we will come.’ Accordingly, D&D has begun the process of building a 2,500-sq-ft Elevator Learning Center in Yonkers, anticipated to open Spring 2018. In keeping with the objective of developing an innovative education model that other companies would find valuable – while ensuring that the educational content is proven and accepted – all classes are being taught by highly-experienced and certified instructors.
According to Schaeffer, the overarching objective of the Yonkers Center is to allow for other companies nationwide to train at its facility, either through its approved educational delivery system, or a process created through contractor related organizations. The Center’s services will include certified testing, proctoring and graduate placement services for entities that provide apprenticeship and re-certification. Working with Human Resource professionals, it is planning to add personal attribute and ethics training to help create well-rounded candidates who understand the importance of communication, quality and professionalism. Preliminary discussions are underway with school districts to include an elevator technician pilot program in trade schools at the high school level, to prepare students for apprenticeship training.
To provide actual hands-on, “real-life” training for students, the Center is receiving equipment from many companies in our industry, including Titan, Hollister-Whitney, Columbia Elevator, Delaware Elevator, AFD Industries, Innovation Industries, GAL, ESI, SmartRise and others; we are most grateful for their generous contributions to this mission.
Concludes Schaeffer: “We see this approach as a solution to the shortage of skilled labor – to help build a body of educated, trained, skilled, responsible workers for our industry, who can make an extremely good living while serving a pressing societal need.” www.DDElevator.com, 914.347.4344.