Vocational & Secondary Schools
Help your students gain the skills necessary for 21st century employment.
As ESPA licensees, Career Tech Education (CTE) focused high schools and colleges can increase their enrollment and provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for technology-based careers.
Electronic systems technician (EST) is one of the fastest growing professions in North America, and ESPA provides a universal gateway to securing rewarding employment.
ESPA’s survey of seasoned ESTs and their views of their careers and training, found several important factors including the need for schools to do a better job of priming the EST workforce pipeline:
Almost half (49%) said high school left them feeling not at all prepared for a career as an EST.
76% rated a vocational course tailored to an EST career as somewhat or very important for preparing an individual technician.
69% would like to see more EST programs in colleges or career training centers/schools.
65% wanted more apprenticeship opportunities.
Most alarming, less then 2% cited a teacher or course in school as their primary motivation for beginning a career in the electronics industry. How can we inspire students to pursue an EST career if they don’t have the teachers or programs in school that motivate them to pursue 21st century jobs?
ESPA has a pilot project underway and is working with experts across the country to review and improve the pilot program as well as develop the turnkey materials needed to offer the ESPA Certified-EST® curriculum and the industry recognized credential.