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Kari M. Arfstrom, Ph.D. is the founder and principal of Arfstrom Consulting, specializing in workforce development, strategic public/private B2E alliances, K-12 demographics, and educational forecasting and trends.
Current Client Work
As the immediate-past Executive Director of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, Arfstrom led teams of consultants, including Burning Glass Technologies, to conduct the first-ever labor analysis reports for North America. Three original research reports were conducted on the supply and demand of the employment and skills gap for HVACR technicians and installers in the U.S. and Canada. Released September 2015, the executive summary concisely lays out the immediate need for post-secondary schools to amp up their recruitment processes and for high schools, counselors and parents to encourage students to pursue these mid-skill jobs.
Links to the Reports, Earned Media and Interviews
HVACR Workforce Development Foundation's Press Announcement (September, 2015)
Elevating the HVACR Industry: Promoting exciting careers to diverse prospects can help address staffing shortages, White Paper by Johnson Controls (December, 2015)
The HVACR Hiring Puzzle: How to Increase Demand. Distribution Center. (December, 2015)
Presentation "Hot and Cold Jobs." Association for Career & Technical Educators' annual conference. (November, 2015)
NPR-affiliate WGTD 91.1 Gregory Berg interviews Bryan Albrecht and Kari Arfstrom (November, 2015)
Column: Women in HVACR (November, 2015)
Online Interview: EduTalkRadio Larry Jacobs interview Kari Arfstrom (October, 2015).
Video: HVACR WDF Labor Analysis Video Release with Kari Arfstrom (September, 2015)
Infographic of Reports: The HVACR Job Market is HOT
Executive Summary: The HVACR Workforce: Demand Heats Up as Supply Melts Away: A Projection of the Coming Shortfall of HVACR Workers and How to Fix It. (September 2015)
Supply Report: The Next Generation of HVACR Installers and Technicians: What Instructors are Saying and What Needs to be Done About It. By Lockwood and Arfstrom (September 2015)
Demand Report: Heating Up: The Sweltering Demand for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Workers. By Burning Glass Technologies (July 2015)
Canadian Report: A Labour Market Investigation of the HVACR Sector in Canada. By Prism Economics and Analysis (June 2015)