Helping to promote careers in the building trades industry

Brubaker Inc. works with ABC and local schools to develop new skilled workers

There has been a growing shortage of skilled laborers for quite some time now.  It has been especially noticeable in the construction trades here in the Lancaster area.  We have been at the forefront in helping to promote careers in the building trades industry and helping youth develop an interest there.

Building partnerships, developing relationships

Careers in the building trades industry---McCaskey students on jobsite

McCaskey students trying out a wrench.

Brubaker Inc. has made a conscious effort for many years to partner with local institutions.  Schools such as Thaddeus Stevens College, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, and others, including local public schools.  We offer job opportunities for students, speak to student groups, discuss career opportunities, help with curriculum development, and more.  As a member of Associated Builders and Contractors, we have regularly partnered with them also.  We join them in their Construction Wars events for students interested in the building trades.  

Similarly, we hire ABC’s Apprenticeship Training students where we can for our plumbing, HVAC and electrical employment openings.

Developing skilled workers for today and tomorrow

ABC Construction WarsThe ABC Construction Wars may have anywhere from 120 to 240 students participating in this semi-annual 3 day event.  Students get hands-on exposure to the building trades industry.  We get to see first-hand what some of the kids’ interests are.  We look to influence them in the areas that they might gravitate toward hopefully planting seeds for the future.

Careers in the building trades industry---McCaskey CTE students

Image credit: School District of Lancaster

In November and January we had the privilege to host CTE and business lab students from Lancaster McCaskey High School.  We, along with ABC, visited the students at their school in November.  In January we were pleased to host McCaskey students at our facility one day for conversation and lunch.  Afterward lunch we had them visit a local construction job site.  There they got to see first hand how the skills they would learn get applied.

A mutually beneficial relationship

Because of these partnerships we have hired some outstanding young people who have become fine employees for us.  It has been our pleasure to develop and promote these partnerships and relationships.  We take pleasure in helping to mold and influence young lives in a positive way. 

As a result of these relationships, we have hired on some very good employees over the years.  This will continue to be good for us, good for our employees, and good for the community.  We hope to continue this tradition of helping to promote careers in the building trades industry as it has been a rewarding experience.

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