Shop Tours Help Recruit a Pipeline of Talent
The SMACNA Mid-Atlantic Chapter is fine-tuning its efforts to recruit high-caliber individuals into the sheet metal trade involving a series of members’ sheet metal shops tours.
Earlier this month, a wide variety of representatives from the state of Maryland, county employment services, local high school and a college executive director were among the officials who toured the shop of SMACNA member firm ADJ Sheet Metal Inc., of White Plaines, Maryland.
ADJ hosted the guests at their facility where they discussed apprenticeships, the high-tech evolution of the sheet metal industry, current safety standards, and the daily work of an apprentice. Greg Pickens, owner of ADJ remarked, “Having folks like you here to learn is the first step in building a pipeline of talent into this great industry.”
Gina Marie Best, navigator for the Maryland apprenticeship program, noted how the state of Maryland is working hard to showcase the tremendous benefits of apprenticeships.
Bowie High School parent Karen Parker said, “High schools are not showcasing the construction trades, they only promote the college path. We must ensure kids know that college is not the only path. This is a great opportunity for those not interested in college.” Ms. Parker is a member of the Bowie High School PTA and is responsible for helping students, not on a college path, transition into adult life following high school by finding other options.
Following the tour, SMACNA Mid-Atlantic hosted a luncheon and continued the conversation about apprentice recruitment. Among the discussions were recruiting in middle school, hiring veterans, marketing opportunities in the sheet metal industry, and changing parent views on careers versus college. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter plans to continue hosting member facility tours as part of their recruitment strategy.
For more information about future tours, contact Bernie Brill, executive director, or Kyle Tibbs, marketing & communications manager.