- As recently as 2022, only 16% of young people would consider a skilled trade career
- 35% of construction contractors had to turn down work because of a lack of labor
- The labor pool for qualified auto technicians is shrinking
- Increase local outreach and apprenticeship opportunities
- The market for the younger talent you want to hire
- Show your commitment to employee development
- Position trade jobs as tech jobs to attract young STEM talent
Tech-focused local outreach and apprenticeshipsGen Z’s are tech natives, born into the era of smartphones and connected devices. These tech-savvy students want to work, but many are not interested in the traditional four-year, college experience that often comes with a heavy price tag. You can offer them an alternative career path that many have never considered, often because they don’t realize that these jobs use tech skills they already possess. According to the data:
- 12% said they weren’t interested in manual labor
- 40% said it was due to poor fit
- 56% said it was their lack of skills
How to take action and start building your local talent pool:Engage with high school and community college programs and clubs. Start with STEM-related topics to connect with students who are interested in tech skills that could be used in the trades. Work with students, teachers, and parents on expanding opportunities to include: class credit, summer programs, and paid internships. Partner with local trade schools. You gain early access to potential future hires, and the trade school can provide students with real-world experience. Create tech-focused apprenticeships. Offering an entry-level tech career option to students can show that your business is innovative and forward-thinking, appealing to today’s younger applicants. Develop robust onboarding programs. Supportive onboarding programs can give young people with potential the skills and confidence they need to progress in a new field. Companies with solid onboarding programs can have a significant positive impact on a new employee’s experience:
- 50% greater employee retention from new hires
- 62% greater productivity from the same group
Marketing for the future talent you want to hireA survey from Stanley Black & Decker revealed that young people have some misconceptions that stop them from pursuing a career in the skilled trades.
- 23% of students think skilled trades work with outdated technology
- 19% think starting pay is less than $20,000
- Only 16% are very likely to consider a trade career, even though 85% value trade jobs
Steps you can take to market toward top applicants:Update your visual assets. Every image you use on your website, ads, or social media can be an opportunity to tell one part of that story.
Choose images that
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- Start by sharing authentic stories that showcase your business’s unique benefits to employees, how new technology is used, and what the training process entails. Whenever possible, demonstrate the importance of long-term employee success at your company.
Commit to employee development and career growthConsider a new approach to hiring from within by highlighting the opportunities for career growth and development at your company. This can help you stand out among competitors and attract a younger generation of talent. Source: angi.com/research/reports/skilled-trades Upskill your best people. This analysis from McKinsey & Company, suggests that as industries change, training and development of your current workforce is critical to your company’s success. Consider the return on investment in programs like these: On-the-job training. Hiring for potential and training through hands-on experience is an effective way to keep or gain a competitive advantage in any job market. By reducing some of the barriers to entry, you can bring in younger applicants with less experience who are eager to learn and grow within the company. Classroom learning. Show a commitment to employee development and position the company as an industry leader by investing in additional education for your employees. Many employers are more than willing to invest in their employees who want to put in the hard work, by providing tuition reimbursement for coursework related to their job. Then, by partnering with local schools, businesses can create a list of pre-approved courses that employees can take to improve their job-related skills. Mentorship programs. Pairing senior-level tradespeople with those just starting out can help develop leadership skills while promoting a culture of collaboration and innovation within your business. Showing the opportunity for growth and assistance through programs like these can inspire new hires and help retain your most talented employees.
Create job ads that attract top tech talentRemember, you’re competing with every other business for each applicant. Your ad needs to stand out from the rest.
Tips for writing a compelling job ad:Think about why your ideal candidate should choose you. Instead of simply listing the qualifications and duties of the position, take the time to paint a picture of what it would be like to work for your company. Answer these questions:
- What are their values?
- What makes them happy?
- What is their interest in technology?
- What motivates them?
- Technical skills – describe the basic competence level required
- Communication skills – verbal, listening, and/or written communication
- Teamwork skills – the ability to work effectively with others
- Leadership skills – the ability to inspire and motivate others
- Quality check each ad for best-in-class structure
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