tive employee have been developed.
NECA also researched several skilled labor providers and
narrowed the search to one company, RCI Inc., which has been
finding workers for employers on a national level for 45 years.
RCI specializes in utilizing social media to contact, identify and
enlist skilled workers.
In July, Local Union 606 and the Central Florida NECA
Chapter utilized their proven talents for outreach coupled with
the exclusive talents of RCI Inc. to reach a goal of 130 laborers
hired by NECA contractors. (A total of 240 attended the event.)
IBEW Membership Development conducted worksite visits
and area canvassing leading up to the event.
Tighe added that re-establishing the industry’s presence
and partnerships with local school guidance counselors, parents and students by highlighting developing career pathways
within the electrical industry will not only attract skilled workers today but also the next generation of supervisors, foremen,
engineers and contractor-owners for the electrical industry.
Additionally, there are two target groups in the United
States where the numbers could easily be provided for training skilled laborers for excellent employment opportunities:
young people and women.
The youth unemployment rate in America is nearly three
times as high as it is for adults. Since 1991, the youth unemployment rate has risen by nearly 8 percent, but the youth inactivity
rate has risen almost 30 percent during the same period of time.
Human resource executives in 14 countries cited a lack of future
leaders as their foremost concern. Young people were the first
victims of cutbacks, and they are now being sorely missed from
the available talent pool.
The other target group, women, makes up 50 percent of the
global population, but they represent only 35 percent of the
global workforce. (They hold just one in four senior management positions, and only 19 percent of board positions are held
by women.) Sixty-three percent of women surveyed say “success
at work” means finding a balance between work and life, and
research has found that flexible options at work are important
to 65 percent of those women. There is an increasing number of
women turning to entrepreneurship because employers do not
offer what they want in terms of working options.
“NECA will continue to work with member contractors to
find the skilled workers needed now and in the future,” Tighe
said. “Reaching the technologically savvy younger generation
with tools like Talent Locator and Neighborhood Network provided by RCI is enhancing outreach efforts to potential skilled
SIX LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS ABOUT BUILDING
NECA-IBEW Electricians says the best candidates for jobs
possess a strong work ethic, an ability to learn and master technical concepts, a desire to work with their hands, a drug-free
lifestyle, a passion for the construction trades and a willingness
to train alongside skilled and experienced journeymen electricians. Here’s what else to know about the apprenticeships:
1) They pay an excellent wage and benefits package. In
fact, first-year apprentices would rank among the top- 10 in college majors with the highest starting salaries.
2) There is no student loan debt. Programs are less than
$1,000 per year in total costs, and apprentices even earn money
throughout the 3- or 5-year program working on construction
sites alongside journeymen electricians.
3) The work is in high demand. The electrical program’s job
placement rate is above 90 percent.
4) Apprentices have career flexibility. Apprenticeship
graduates go on to become journeyman electricians as well
as project managers, contractors, engineers, union leadership,
training directors and college graduates.
5) Apprentices earn college credits; as many as 36 credits
through Northwest State Community College, which is just a
few classes short of an Associate’s Degree.
6) The work can be highly technical. As construction
becomes more and more technologically advanced, apprentices
need to show more of a command of algebra and reading comprehension, both of which are tested at the time of application.
Source: NECA-IBE W Electricians
Orlando-area electricians register at the July Industry Night
Representatives from NECA-member contractors meet with
potential employees at Industry Night.