We’ve heard a great deal in recent years about the skills gap the construction industry is facing. The reality of the retirement of knowledgeable, experienced contractors who have spent decades honing their craft is upon us and has been for some time. Unfortunately, the numbers of the incoming workforce have not kept pace with those individuals who are leaving it.
NECA is committed to developing the next generation of electrical contractors, and we have worked long and hard to ensure there is enough training and funding in place to attract talented individuals to join the electrical contracting industry. We promote the rewarding and prosperous careers that are available in our industry, and we encourage our members to do the same at their own firms.
An important aspect of workforce development is encouraging diversity at your firm. NECA has taken a renewed interest in these principles with the formation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. This amazing group is made up of 20 NECA national staff members, chapter staff members and executives from member companies all across the United States, each bringing their unique and valuable perspectives to the table. The task force will work with all of NECA to develop an awareness and engagement platform to foster a work environment within the electrical industry that supports each person’s unique differences.
NECA is committed to facilitating growth in the electrical construction industry and ensuring that the doors of our industry are truly open to everybody. I encourage you to consider your own workforce and think of ways to empower your employees regardless of race, gender, background or any other factor. Only by working together can our industry reach its full potential.