Amteck, a prominent electrical contractor based in Lexington, has partnered with the Kentucky Career Center – Bluegrass over the past few years to assist in their recruiting efforts. The partnership has been a successful one, as business and workforce come together to meet the need for qualified electricians. When the company identified difficulty in finding individuals, who were both interested and qualified to train in the electrical field, the workforce staff at the Lexington Kentucky Career Center –Bluegrass office stepped up. Together they implemented the “Quick Start” electrical program, an intense two-week class that provides students with the skills required for entry-level electrical work on a real electrical job site. The training combines the classroom and hands-on techniques to give students the foundation needed to be selected for employment by Amteck and a recommendation for entry into an electrical apprenticeship program.

Recently, workforce staff were approached to begin recruitment efforts on another two rounds of “Quick Start” trainings to be held in the spring and early summer of 2017. Round one, scheduled for March will focus on hard to serve clients and concentrate its recruitment efforts on former military, those aging out of the foster system, and the previously incarcerated. Round two is being planned for June and will focus its efforts on young adults preparing to graduate high school, but do not have a career path and/or do not wish to transition into secondary education. License Manager and Educational Director for Amteck, Jon Dougherty said, “This (Quick Start) is a great opportunity. After two weeks of training they are on their way to training as an electrician.”

This will be the 5th year of the Amteck Quick Start training and its partnership with the BGWIB. Dougherty, who is also a member of the BGWIB, has been pleased with the training services in the past, having shared “I am glad to announce that the class project, Quick Start was a great success.” He also found the screening process for candidate selection worked well, saying “(those selected) were a positive match to those who want a career in the electrical trade.” The goal now is filling both classes; each class can hold up to 20 people and Dougherty would love to see every seat filled. Most people who complete the class will be offered the opportunity to continue with Amteck, but the program extends beyond the scope of Amteck’s needs. Amteck provides students who complete the course a certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation for employment at an entry level position, two documents that will give the individual an advantage when applying for a position.

This partnership with Amteck is an example of how successful business service in the Bluegrass can be when an employer works closely with the career center to tackle needs. Individuals targeted for this Quick Start program are those currently seeking employment and show an interest in the career field of electrical technology. One such individual is Pete Brown, one of the first graduates of the Amteck Quick Start program:

Pete Brown entered the first Quick Start program in 2012. He had a criminal record and found it difficult to find suitable employment. After enrolling in the Quick Start program, he excelled at the skills required to be an electrician. Over the last four years, Pete has become a successful member of the Amteck team. Since graduating the class, he has become a certified electrician, receiving numerous credentials, and has recently received his certification to teach classes through Amteck. He has gone from the introductory wage of $9.00/hr to $19.55/hour upon completing the Registered Apprenticeship program.  

If you would like to learn more about the services available to employers and job seekers, including training for a high demand career please visit: www.ckycareers.com or visit a Kentucky Career Center – Bluegrass location near you.

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These services are funded by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and administered by the Bluegrass Area Development District, under the guidance of the Bluegrass Workforce Innovation Board and 17-county Local Elected Officials of the Bluegrass Region. For more information on this story or the services of the Kentucky Career Center