Teens sign on for careers in skilled trades

BOLDT holds signing day for area high schoolers entering construction field, provides hands-on demos.

On Wednesday, May 18, Boldt will host a signing day celebrating its youth apprentices committing to pursue a career in the skilled trades or attend a post-secondary institution. Following the 8 a.m. signing day, the company will host a new career event called BuildX, an interactive day-in-the-life experience to connect industry leaders and high school students who are curious about a career in construction, architecture or engineering.

Boldt’s youth apprentices will sign letters of intent to either an area university or union where they will pursue a career in the skilled trades – a sector in high demand due to large labor shortages. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors,

  • In 2023, the industry will need to bring in nearly 590,000 new workers nationwide on top of normal hiring to meet industry demand.
  • An estimated 1.2 million construction workers will leave their jobs to work in other industries in 2022. It is expected that this will be offset by an anticipated 1.3 million workers who will leave other industries to work in construction.

As a result, construction offers opportunity for many career paths.

Each year, Boldt participates in the “School to Career Partnership” Youth Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The program integrates school and work-based learning — assisting students on their journey into the workforce. Youth apprentices specialize in areas such as architecture, construction, and marketing.

“This is not your grandfather’s construction industry. Our industry is innovating and making the nature of construction work safer, more collaborative, and technology-centric.”

Ben Bruns – Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Boldt Company

This year, these students will sign letters of intent to pursue careers in construction:

  • Alec Pelischek – Denmark High School
  • Anna Schueller – Notre Dame Academy
  • Ashton Gwiazda – Ladysmith High School
  • Bailey Coenen – Hortonville High School
  • Ben Klein – Kimberly High School
  • Brandon Barth – Seymour High School
  • Bryce Moder – Hortonville High School
  • Charlie Nushart – Kaukauna High School
  • Claire Novin – Kimberly High School    
  • David Hurtgen – Fond du Lac High School
  • Jake Biermann – Fond du Lac High School
  • Michelle Gaddy – Ladysmith High School
  • Mike Ritter – Manistique High School
  • Natalie Thorp – Hortonville High School 
  • Owen Kirsteatter – Stevens Point Area Senior High
  • Tyler Carpenter – Kimberly High School

Following the signing day, approximately 100 students from Kimberly, Little Chute, Appleton, and Fond du Lac will arrive for BuildX and get an immersive experience in the construction industry. Professionals from skilled trades, including Boldt, Tweet Garot and Baisch Engineering will give live demonstrations of a variety of architecture/engineering/construction careers.

“Students will spend the day getting an up-close look at the specialized skills needed in the trades and the tech-based tools used in construction management,” said Alison Fiebig, business development director for Boldt. “We’re looking forward to seeing some light bulbs go off!”

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About The Boldt Company
The Boldt Company (Boldt) is a leading professional construction services firm with customers across the United States and is a subsidiary of The Boldt Group. Founded in 1889, Boldt is a fourth-generation family and employee-owned firm headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin. Boldt is recognized as a pioneer in Lean construction and in the industrialized construction space. Boldt operates 18 offices across the U.S. that serve customers in healthcare, power, industrial, education, automotive and commercial markets.