April 23, 2024

Demand for Skilled Workers Rises – Building Omaha Responds

Jobs within the skilled trade sector continue to be in demand across the United States as population increases. Omaha enjoys a unique position as a hub for skilled electrical workers as its population and metro area boundaries demonstrate steady growth. Since the United Nations began recording population projections in 1950, Omaha’s population has shown consistent growth between approximately 1-2%… and projections to 2025 continue the trend.

According to the Forbes report “Avoiding the Next Crisis in America with Skilled Trades Education,” the need for skilled trades workers is dire. The report cites a survey by the National Association of Home Builders as an example: the findings state that 87% of the association’s members are experiencing a shortage of workers. 87%!

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that new construction projects and high retirement rates of existing workers will create a 1.5 million deficit in skilled workers by 2029.

But there is also good news among the bad:

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts the electrical industry will enjoy a 6% growth between now and 2032, outpacing other trades occupations.


  • Building Omaha, the partnership between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), offers an award-winning apprenticeship program that not only addresses this shortage of skilled electricians but also creates value for its members and the city.

Building Omaha’s Apprenticeship Program: A Quick Glance

The Apprentice Program is a pathway to becoming a licensed electrician and enjoying an elevated standard of living.

  •     You earn as you learn: As you advance through the program, you will also be making a salary. It’s paid on-the-job training. You’ll graduate with no student loans!
  •     It’s a hybrid learning environment: You’ll be in a classroom two times a week in our brand new, state-of-the-art, high-tech training center and then use what you learn in a hands-on working environment.
  •     You’ll learn from pros: Your instructors are licensed electricians with years of industry experience. Many have gone through the Apprenticeship Program themselves.
  •     It’s flexible: You can choose from 3-year programs or 5-year programs.

Deciding to pursue a rewarding career in the electrical industry is the first step to a satisfying, secure future with:

  •     Competitive wages: Annual salary with benefits – $75,000-$100,000
  •     Excellent benefits: 100%-funded health insurance for entire family; 100%-funded pension for retirement
  •     Steady work: 40-hour work week with potential for overtime

Your next step is to apply to Building Omaha’s nationally recognized Apprenticeship Program, then get excited about your fantastic future!

Building Omaha is the powerhouse partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).