Bradford White Supports the Trades

Bradford White Corporation supports the trades through the Industry Forward® program. Recent initiatives include a $50,000 grant for an innovative ECA internship program as well as a partnership with Explore the Trades to promote careers in the trades to educators and counselors.

Bradford White Corporation has announced a $50,000 grant through its Industry Forward® initiative to help Pennsylvania’s Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) launch a pilot internship program for youth and emerging workers from Philadelphia’s disadvantaged communities. 

The grant will support a 60-hour internship program for up to 30 participants in ECA’s signature heat pump water heater installation and maintenance training course in 2024. 

“Bradford White and ECA share a mission to showcase the rewarding career opportunities that are available in the skilled trades and to support the foundation of education and training necessary to maintain a thriving workforce,” said Rebecca Owens, senior manager of communications for Bradford White. “We’re proud to extend our partnership with ECA so they can continue to provide valuable learning opportunities for youth and adults throughout the Philadelphia area.” 

ECA’s 200-hour heat pump training program consists of classroom instruction, lab exercises and career development. Interns supported by Bradford White’s Industry Forward® grant will supplement the training program with on-the-job installation experience supervised by a professional HVACR technician. 

Industry Forward® is Bradford White’s signature charitable giving initiative, developed to help advance workforce development and increase public awareness of career opportunities in the plumbing and HVAC industries. 

Bradford White also recently announced a partnership through Industry Forward with Explore The Trades that aims to bridge the technical talent gap in the service trades and advance positive public awareness of the plumbing and HVAC industry. For that initiative, Bradford White Corporation is donating $8,000 to support the creation of poster kits showcasing careers in the skilled trades that will be distributed to educators and counselors across North America. 

Bradford White partners with nonprofit organizations and technical schools to educate individuals and families on the importance of the skilled trades and the role that industry professionals provide in the health, safety, sanitation, and infrastructure of their communities through strategic grant funding that supports workforce development training and education programs and industry career opportunities, events, and partnerships. 

For more information about Bradford White Corporation’s Industry Forward® initiative, visit 

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