Denise Baker
President
D.R.B. Electric, Inc.
Albuquerque, N.M.

D.R.B. joined Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in 1992 and hires the majority of employees through ABC’s electrical apprenticeship program. We feel the combination of education and on-the-job training is an excellent resource for the next generation of skilled craft workers.  

Students, with or without any past training in a craft, enter into the program and take courses at our local community college, in addition to hands-on training at the ABC facility. During this time, they are paired with local ABC member companies where their hourly wages are increased at set intervals as they progress through the training. At the end of the four-year program, = students are ready to take their certification exams and continue with the company, or they are ready to go out and start their own companies.

ABC and its member companies dedicate themselves to the education and training of all apprentices as a collaboration to ensure that we have the most highly trained individuals coming into the industry. 

Amanda Novak
Human Resources Director
The Tri-M Group, LLC
Kennett Square, Pa.

The next generation of talent has required The Tri-M Group to become more dynamic in its recruiting efforts because not as many students are entering the trades. Our company is partnering with schools and speaking to students as early as middle school to educate and promote a career (rather than just a job) in construction.

Most of Tri-M’s upper management has come up through the field, so we use their work history as examples to educate students on all the different career opportunities that exist in the construction industry and within our organization specifically. 

We provide marketing materials highlighting the different career paths for the students to take home to their parents because we’re finding parents have a huge influence on the path the next generation of employees takes. 

We also remain very active in local technical high schools and colleges and develop relationships with the instructors so they can funnel their talent directly to us.

Kirby Wu
President
Wu & Associates, Inc.
Mount Laurel, N.J.

As a general contractor, Wu & Associates is constantly seeking talent across the entire construction spectrum, including construction managers, design professionals, administrative staff and skilled tradespeople.

As the industry is projecting serious declines in the workforce, we strategically search for candidates who are uniquely motivated to expand their careers in a new direction. This targeted pool includes high-performing, entry-level graduates, design professionals seeking a career change to construction and others who want to feed their innate drive for success in a new setting. This strategy allows us to groom motivated individuals within the structure, discipline and expectations of our company culture.

We have been most successful reaching candidates through referrals from colleagues, industry associations and social media outlets such as LinkedIn. By keeping our culture strong and our brand fresh, those who know and interact with us are able to spread the word about who we are.