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Training the Next Generation of Electricians in Tennessee as U.S. Bureau of Labor Predicts Employment Growth

City Electric Supply Cool Springs and Klein Tools have teamed up to help the Achieve Trade School train future electricians

FRANKLIN, TN — The young folks of today have the power to shape the future of the trade industry. To be more precise, they are the future of the trade industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor says the employment of electricians is expected to grow eight percent from 2019-2029, and City Electric Supply Cool Springs is determined to assist those breaking into the industry. The branch and Klein Tools have partnered up to help the Achieve Trade School prepare the next generation of electricians, and with the Nashville market continuing to grow, the need for electricians has never been greater. According to CES Nashville District Manager Mike Mosketti, the need is there but the market is suffering from a shortage of electricians.  

“The industry needs good, qualified electricians — especially in the Nashville market. It’s growing exponentially, and there’s not enough workforce in the area,” said CES Nashville West District Manager Mike Mosketti. “The market simply does not have enough people out there, it’s our small part to help people interested in that career field.”

And he’s doing exactly that with the Achieve Trade School. Mike has been working closely with the school to help provide electricians- in-training everything they need to jump-start their career.

“City Electric Supply Cool Springs has been a huge component of our program — providing program materials, ordering things we need that they don’t have on hand, delivering items at the drop of a hat, and being a constant resource for the program,” said Achieve Trade School Director Bob Shain. “They even put up flyers in their lobby and have been available for potential job placement opportunities for our students.”

All of that has been possible with help of Klein Tools, which has been a great resource. “When you think of the electrical field, you think of Klein Tools,” said Mike. “So we got with Marcus Allen, the local rep who covers our area, to help provide educational tools for the students.”

Klein Tools Senior District Manager Marcus Allen is also working closely with Shain and the school.  “Working with Bob has been a true blessing,” said Allen. “I worked with him to develop a tool ordering system so he could easily order products for his students at the best possible market price.”

“Our students work hard to learn the theory, formulas, and intricate hands-on work that goes into being a great electrician regardless of their ages, experience levels, or other challenges they face along the way,” explained Shain.

Shane started Achieve Trade School in 2017 with a dream to create a hands-on experience for anyone interested in learning skilled trade. And that is a mission Mike and Allen are proud to support. “We are so appreciative of their dedication to serve our students and aid us in providing them with the knowledge and practices for their careers,” said Shain.

The dedication CES Cool Springs has shown to Achieve Trade School is the same level of service the branch provides to each and every customer who walks through their doors.

“We know that we can provide a level of service and support to the customer.” said Mike. “We want people to have a good experience when they walk in, that we’re not just a supply house, that it doesn’t end with the sale, but the knowledge and experience we can offer. Being a source and partnering with Achieve Trade School simply means we’re investing in the in next generation of electrical students, and that’s pretty cool.”

“I think it’s helped give our location the reputation of being innovative,” he continued. “People trust us for products as well as information. We get a lot of phone calls from customers with questions. They call because they know we can help, and it’s been very positive.”

CES     was founded in 1951 by Tom Mackie in the United Kingdom and expanded to the United States in 1983. Today, CES employs more than 3,000 people in over 500 branches across the U.S. 

Training the Next Generation of Electricians in Tennessee as U.S. Bureau of Labor Predicts Employment Growth

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