IEC Participates in Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus Roundtable

Yesterday, IEC participated in the first event of the bipartisan Apprenticeship Caucus on Capitol Hill. IEC member Carol Reynolds, owner of United Industrial Services, located in Louisville, KY, was the only business owner on the five-member panel. Ms. Reynolds, president of IEC Kentucky and Southern Indiana, explained to members of Congress the frustration electrical contracting companies like hers continue to experience in the attempt to find qualified individuals to enter IEC’s registered apprenticeship program. She explained how the cultural shift in the belief that college is the only way to a good career has created an imbalance in the workforce, with fewer and fewer individuals entering the skilled trades. She urged Congress to develop policies to help further promote the benefits of a career, like that of an electrician, to students as early as grade school.  

Ms. Reynolds was joined on the panel by representatives from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Nationals Skills Coalition, Jobs for the Future, and North America’s Building Trades Unions. The Apprenticeship Caucus, founded by Reps. Bret Guthrie (R-KY) and Susan Davis (D-CA), will focus on how Congress can support apprenticeships as a means to help people enter the workforce.

Here are a coupl pictures from the event: