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If you run a contracting business, you know how hard it has been to find new talent.

Attracting Young Talent: An Industry-Wide Challenge

If you run a contracting business, you know how hard it has been to find new talent. As the Baby Boomer generation gets older and retires, it is a must to find younger people to train and fill in the gaps.

On Contractor Magazine’s website, Merry Beth Hall, director of apprentice and journeyman training for the PHCC Educational Foundation, she said giving a look at what “a day in the life of a professional plumber” and other presentations to give a wider look at the industry may be helpful to attract young talent.

Brenda Dant, PHCC of Indiana executive director and administrator at Mechanical Skills Inc., the PHCC of Indianapolis’s plumbing apprentice school, said “People don’t understand what a plumber does and the broad range of career opportunities that are available in the profession. People think of the person that fixes the leaky faucet, but there’s so much more that happens within the industry … like many of the high-tech jobs available.”

Presentations that focus on “the day in the life of a professional plumber,” she suggests, would go a long way in giving younger people a broader sense of this career choice.

Visit Contractor’s website to read the full story from Hall. Do you have any tips for hiring young contracting talent? Let us know on the Contracting Business Facebook page.

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