Manual job seekers in high demand as labor shortage continues

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Manual jobs here in the Valley are proving difficult to fill as labor shortages continue across the country.

A local technical school says there is high demand in certain fields, but few people are applying.

Caleb Furch, 19, just landed his first job as a service technician after completing a three-month program at the National Technical Institute in Henderson.

“It’s so hot here that there will always be a demand for HVAC and especially electricians and plumbing,” Furcht said.

Although he knows the demand is high for workers in this field, he feels that people his age just don’t want to work as a profession.

“I think as a generation a lot of us are on the lazy side,” Furcht said. “It seems like a lot of people are now asking, can I work from home, can I make the most money possible long term,” he added.

However, even so, with the pandemic and many seeking stable employment, growth opportunities in the electrical, HVAC, and plumbing industry are at an all-time high.

At Air Supply: Air Conditioning and Heating, Senior Technician, Michael Barnes says it’s all about quality rather than quantity, but in the spring and summer they’ll need all the help they can get.

“April, May and June are fast approaching and we will definitely have to increase staff,” he shared.

Derek NeSmith, executive director of NTI’s Henderson campus, says that while the need for applicants is great right now, at some point during the peak of the pandemic, attendance was up about 200%.

“We had people from all walks of life who never thought they would be plumbers, electricians or HVAC technicians reevaluating their lives, knowing they had to make a change,” he added.

Those interested in the NTI program can click HERE.

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