2019 IECRM Career Fairs Close the Gap for Contractors Hiring Qualified Workers
Workforce Development is one of the most important economic issues facing Colorado, and the nation. The critical labor shortage of skilled workers – men, women, minorities and military veterans – is impacting the electrical contracting industry and its future growth.
To help address the great need as well as provide opportunities for aspiring electricians, IECRM hosted four Career Fairs this year – two in Northglenn and two in Fort Collins. This Spring-long fair supported the IECRM training program’s open enrollment for its next class that begins in August and helped meet the hiring needs of its members.
At the four Career Fairs, a combined total of 30 IECRM contractor members met with more than 250 quality candidates for many available jobs, ranging from apprentices to journeymen and foremen. Attendees were able to take advantage of the occasion to learn about job opportunities, training, IECRM’s apprentice program, and financial benefits. Onsite interviews were conducted for a variety of jobs from apprentices and journeymen to project managers.
Attending contractor companies rated the IECRM Career Fair experience a 9.75 on a scale of 10 being the very best. “Participating in an IECRM Career Fair is one of the best deals and membership benefits we experience at Courtesy Electric,” says Leighland Gutierrez. “Booths are free. IECRM aggressively advertises the fairs, and qualified candidates show up for us to consider. It’s a very effective recruiting tool for us!”
A solid workforce is crucial to your business and one of the biggest challenges is attracting skilled workers who can help staff construction contracts and jobs as well as achieve the growth and profitability goals of the business. Watch for information about our 2020 Career Fair schedule.