S. M. Wilson’s Construction Career Education program SKILLED provides hands-on opportunities to integrate academic learning and focus on future employment in the A/E/C industry. SKILLED’s mission is to “Inspire the future of construction“.
The three-pronged program supports individuals from all experience levels, from Pre-K students to workforce professionals, to Discover, Develop and Elevate their skills in the construction industry. Through SKILLED, S. M. Wilson will provide the educational framework to teach, mentor and inspire in three ways:
The Discover phase of the program provides STEAM opportunities for the Pre-K-12 age groups designed for each grade level including career paths, hands-on activities and construction site field trips.
In the Field
Engaging the students, as well as the community, was critical for S. M. Wilson’s Hallsville School District Primary School Addition and Renovation project. Prior to groundbreaking, summer school students designed artwork along with the #BuildingOurTribe campaign to gain support from local residents. S. M. Wilson turned the designs into custom banners which will be displayed around the job site throughout construction.
The project team introduced high school students to real-world applications of a construction project through site tours of their Primary School gym and classroom additions. This is a reocurring program that will continue throughout the school year. Seeing the physical job completed in real-time with the guidance of the S. M. Wilson project team will give students the unparalleled introduction to construction. The program will include construction career presentations and STEAM construction activities for middle and primary school students.
“Students enjoyed touring the jobsite and seeing a variety of different trade skills taking place. We are excited to continue this program with S. M. Wilson throughout the school year. Thanks to S. M. Wilson for this educational opportunity, it is really appreciated.”
Caleb Martin, Teacher and Advisor, Hallsville R-IV Schools
The program’s Develop phase offers career-ready internships, career training and mentorship.
In the Field
Beyond the Build, S. M. Wilson’s core values represent the qualities we look for in the people we hire. One of our most successful resources for finding great people to add to our team is through S. M. Wilson’s Internship Program.
Led by the company’s Collegiate Development Committee, the program offers a variety of internships to high school and secondary students interested in working in the construction industry. In addition to work experience, students engage in networking, mentoring and hands-on training opportunities to benefit their personal and professional development.
To set up interns for success, they are strategically paired with S. M. Wilson Mentors who provide support and feedback. S. M. Wilson interns are given the same responsibilities as that of a regular full-time employee accompanied by goals and training set forth at the beginning of the program.
S. M. Wilson supports the internal professional growth of employees in the Elevate portion of the program through continued job training, team building, development programs, leadership and advancement opportunities.
In the Field
We are invested in our employees and strive to provide a positive company culture by emphasizing growth, encouraging professional development and supporting work-life balance. A few benefits we offer include:
S. M. Wilson may reimburse full-time employees up to $3,000 per calendar year for job-related educational courses taken through local accredited trade school, colleges or universities.
The investment in leadership skills is important for successful professional development. Quarterly professional learning experiences are provided for employees company-wide through guest speakers, leadership assessments and networking events.
S. M. Wilson has formally identified career paths articulate to every employee to support employees in their professional growth, outlining the technical and soft skills necessary for success and career advancement.
Employees spend time in pre-construction and estimating, operations and field experiences to develop and grow critical characteristics and aptitude related to building knowledge.
A program to provide comaraderie and support to the women in our company. Regular meetings provide for relationship building and professional development as well as a way to share networking events and community service and professional development opportunities.
Learn more about how S. M. Wilson is inspiring the future of construction in this article from CNR.
For more information on SKILLED, contact Kristyn Newbern at [email protected] or 314.633.9641.