“The Manpower Group surveyed more than 1,300 U.S. employers in the first quarter of 2012 to determine which employees rank among the most wanted. The most difficult positions to fill are those in skilled trades, which includes carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other tool-wielding professionals. Those workers, also known as craftsmen or artisans, typically develop their skills through training as apprentices. They top Manpower’s list for a third consecutive year.” -Forbes Magazine
When looking at the skilled trade shortages specifically, there are several forces at play. First, there is the demographic element. “Many skilled tradesmen are older and beginning to retire. As we’re losing workers to retirement, the I.B.E.W. is continually training young talent to fill the ranks of those who are ready to make their way to the next stage in life. I.B.E.W. puts great emphasis on steering youth toward the JATC programs so that the entire industry benefits.” -John Easton, Business Manager, Local 716
Part of solving the problem involves changing the mindsets of parents and young people and reminding the youth there is honor in the skilled trades. A career in an area like electricity offers a lot of opportunity because it’s an occupation you can take with you for the rest of your life.
So, whether your job site requires 2 or 200 electricians, we have a stable of qualified professionals at the ready. This is what USA Today says - but we are the organization not allowing for a future of non-skilled electricians.
USA Today: Top 10 Jobs Employers Are Having Difficulty Filling
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