It’s no secret that the construction industry has been facing major challenges due to a shortage of skilled labor. The effect is global; MYR Group subsidiaries and electricians’ unions alike are experiencing difficulties in drawing younger generations into the trades. However, in Henderson, Colorado, one MYR Group subsidiary has recently taken on the challenge with an innovative, out-of-the-box approach.
Dan Hart, Manpower Coordinator for Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. explains: “We’ve hosted open houses and college outreach efforts in the past, with some good success but we want to connect with the high school market as well. We found a partnership opportunity with Colorado Construction Careers (CCC), a joint project between the State of Colorado, the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council, and the MEP Alliance of Colorado Contractors. Through this partnership, we are able to open our doors to local high-school kids who are close to graduating. We are able to bring them in to tour our headquarters and fabrication shop and give them a little taste of the trade and a sense of the opportunities for rapid career advancement. It’s a really proactive way of not only drawing tomorrow’s young electricians to the trade, but also it shows them how fun and rewarding working here at Sturgeon can be.”
The high-schoolers were provided hands-on opportunities to try welding, threading GRC conduit, cutting steel with a well saw, bending large pipe, and building power cable assemblies. Dan’s group also provided lunch and setup a presentation for the students; several guest speakers were brought in to talk about why they enjoy the electrical industry. “We are going to keep staying engaged with CCC and the local high schools to access communication with their building trade students; we’ve already been invited to sit in on classes at Prairie View High School in the future and interact with the students.”
Kudos to Dan Hart, Haylee Radeke, and Henderson’s Manufacturing and Manpower teams, for finding innovative ways to help draw in tomorrow’s talent.