Many construction companies that are struggling to hire younger talent say the same thing: “Today’s younger generation just doesn’t want to work hard.” While it is true that many high school-age students are not as physically active as previous generations were, saying they don’t like to work hard may be a little harsh.
Some construction jobs are quite physical and only appeal to a certain segment of the workforce. But many other positions, including equipment operators, have the potential of appealing to a much larger pool of candidates — including the youngest of workers.
Construction Business Group’s Mindy Mulryan and Operating Engineer’s Leroy Miller attended Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans in the Workforce Summit at the Baird Conference Center in Milwaukee on Friday, September 27th. Attendees heard from Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman and Division Administrator of Department of Veterans Affairs Donald Placidi.
Keynote speaker Bill Ball, CEO of Grunau, spoke on the efforts of his company and their parent company, API Group, to not only recruit and hire veterans and spouses but to also support them after the hiring process. API Group has established a rotation program for vets which introduces them to the various aspects of the construction industry while also drawing on the valuable leadership skills that vets bring to the organizations.
The summit wrapped up with a question and answer panel in which attendees heard from representatives from Froedtert, Associated Bank, Cargill, and American Family Insurance. Panelists spoke about the leadership traits that our vets bring to the workforce in all industries -from banks to manufacturing to construction to hospitals – the message was the same, our vets have the essential skills that businesses are looking for in employees. These essential skills are transferrable skills in leadership and collaboration.
For more information on the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, please visit: https://wiveteranschamber.org/
For more information on how Construction Business Group and Operating Engineers are supporting veterans in the construction trades, please visit: https://www.buildingwisconsintogether.com/building-careers/for-veterans/