It’s that time of year again: this past Saturday was the State Competition for SkillsUSA. For those of you who don’t know, Skills “empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.”
Last week in our nation’s capital, chapter staff and contractor members from all over the country met to discuss current legislature in a multitude of arenas. Some topics were promoting things that will help all of the skilled trades, some topics were to oppose institutions that hurt the merit shop philosophy, and some discussion involved gratitude for our representatives standing up for what we believe in as an industry. But at the end of the day, everyone (especially your Assistant Executive Director), walked away with a much greater understanding of what is going on in the Capitol Building, and what that means for our members.
This week, Sherri and I (Executive and Assistant Executive Directors) hit the road to meet with one of Central IN IEC’s Industry Partners, ALLIED Wholesale Electrical Supply.
“What will it take for you to walk away from this conference thinking that it was a good investment of your time and resources?” Lowell asked me. Lowell was going to be our facilitator the next day, and was getting a feel for the people in the room and what they were looking for.
I pondered for a second. We were sitting in the lobby of the hotel: the reception had long since finished, but many of us were still mingling and chatting. “I would think this was a good investment if….” I said slowly, trying to gather my thoughts into one all-encompassing statement. “If I walked away knowing how to show more value to our current contractors, and could use that strategy to show prospects why they should be a member of Independent Electrical Contractors.”
Lowell may have asked me that question for his own purposes, but I didn’t realize until that moment that I needed to be asked why I was there. What was I looking for? What was I hoping to accomplish. Being asked that question gave me the opportunity to reflect and set an intention for the next two days.
At Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. – IEC ‘s Membership Summit, we talked about the importance of our members – no matter their size, when they were established, or where they’re from.
Because we know that our members are what makes us great.
Helene Wood Webster of IEC Texas Gulf Coast demonstrated this by presenting our brand new chapter, IEC Big Bend, travel expenses for this conference, so they have the opportunity to learn and grow to make their chapter the best it can be.
Not only are we learning to create and offer value for our contractor members, but we’re always learning ways to help out our chapter members as well.
Central Indiana IEC hosted matches for a day to learn about trade apprenticeships. Assistant Executive, Devin Noyes, lead a discussion with Bigs and Littles about what apprenticeships are, and how they are a viable option for a rewarding, life-long career.
Following this was David Kurtz of Apex Electric, who shared his experience as an electrician. He spoke of his favorite memories, how he got started, and what he looks for in new employees. He then did a shocking demonstration, putting a live lightbulb in a tank of water! The students were surprised to see he wasn’t hurt, which drove Dave’s point home: it’s one thing to do the work, but it’s another to know why it’s done that way, and what makes it possible.
Finally, third year instructor Ryan Noyes lead the matches in an activity. Matches were given a blueprint of a house on a foam board and were walked through the process of creating series and parallel circuits to light the interior of their home!
Thank you so much to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central IN for working with us to put this workshop on! We had a blast and hope to do it again soon! #BeBig #BBBSCI #BuildTheFuture#WeAreIEC💡🔌📈
“This is your toolbox,” James Meyer said as he pointed to his head. “And no one can take that from you. You can do anything. But you’ve got to put the work in. You’re entitled to nothing in this life, so you have to keep growing and learning. The only time you stop learning is when you die.”
Today we had the honor of hosting Indianapolis Met to discuss what apprenticeships are, what being an electrician is like, and the positive impact that the skilled trades have on our community, and our futures.
The students were a fantastic audience, engaged and interacting. They even got to take home their very own Wire Termination Twist-On Training Kit, courtesy of IDEAL Electrical and IEC of Greater Cincinnati.
We hope that they come and visit us again soon!
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Shared to us by our very own president from InPwr Inc., “Smart vs Healthy for Grads” from TEAMinar by The Table Group :
This time of year is fraught with inaccurate and dangerous messages for high school graduates ‒ and for that matter, college grads ‒ about their futures. It is a message that is rooted in the same flawed logic that makes executives focus on making their companies smart while ignoring the more important issue of culture, or organizational health.
Here’s how it plays out.
High school counselors and college recruiters misguidedly convince students that they should try to get into the most prestigious college possible because this will determine the success of their careers and their lives. The unfortunate conclusion that teenagers draw is that their test scores, GPA, essays and strategically designed extracurricular activities will translate into happiness in adulthood. Of course, anyone over the age of forty knows that this is patently untrue.
Thank you to all of our wonderful members that attended our meeting yesterday with Indiana Department of Workforce Development ‘s very own Bryon Silk! We learned so much and the membership came with great ideas and questions!
And thank you to Don Hulsey and Kay Keenan for representing Midwest IEC and Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. – IEC !