Keeping Electricians Employed in Partnership with the Community

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ClayDean Electric and Bayaud Enterprises are jointly committed to solving the problem of keeping electricians employed and cutting down on the turnover inherent to the electrical industry through the help and support of community partners like Bayaud.

“I wouldn't give up my own personal experiences for the world. What I’ve come through makes me who I am today. I've been able to come through it and come out on the other side."

ClayDean Electric and Bayaud Enterprises shared the mic during an interview for ClayDean Electric’s Table26 Podcast, with Tammy Bellofatto, Executive Director of Bayaud Enterprises.

ClayDean Electric, the well-respected electrical contractor, hosted one of Denver’s long-time respected employment organization, Bayaud Enterprises, on the latest episode of Table26, the podcast focused on emerging topics in new energy with real talk about how the electrical industry can impact environmental problems with commercially viable installations.

ClayDean Electric and Bayaud Enterprises are jointly committed to solving the problem of keeping electricians employed and cutting down on the turnover inherent to the electrical industry through the help and support of community partners like Bayaud.

On this episode, Tammy joined ClayDean’s President Adam Feuerstein, Director of Talent Acquisitions/HR/Safety Liaison Amy Van Meter, and New Energy Development Michael Tipton. They discussed a range of issues important to job seekers:

How a network of community partners strengthens employment:

At ClayDean, Amy Van Meter, Director of Talent Acquisitions/HR/Safety Liaison, has been growing the electrical contractor’s community partner program to over 100 partners to support employees. A well know reality, the electricians field has a high turnover rate. Van Meter is charged with solving that problem of hiring and firing, by finding ways to keep people in their jobs. “I’ve got one employee who needs help with English, so we have a community partner who supports him there. One of our vets needed help buying tools, so we had a veteran’s organization come and do that with him. Our community partner program is all about finding out what an employee is lacking so that we can find a way to provide that and keep them in their jobs. And it’s good for our business, too, because then we don’t have to find a replacement.”

  • Bayaud’s range of services to support job seekers, not least with their famous “shower trucks.”
  • “Bayaud Enterprises went to the people that we serve and said, ‘How can we help you what, what would you like us to do?’ And they told us that one of the hurdles to employment is not having clean clothes. So we took one of our old shredding trucks and put in washers and dryers,” shared Bellofatto in the podcast interview.
  • “It's a free service to people experiencing homelessness. They come by they drop off their laundry in the morning, we wash it, we dry it, and we fold it for them. Because really, when you think about it, if you don't have clean clothes, it's not comfortable to sit in an interview when you don't smell very nice, right?” Bellofatto explained. “We went back out to the community and said, ‘Now what else would you like?’ And they said, ‘We'd like a shower track because we'd like to be able to shower and put on clean clothes and go to a job interview.’”

Bellofatto’s own journey from homelessness to heading the organization:
In the “You Can Overcome Anything” episode of Table26, Bellofatto shares her own personal experiences, “I wouldn't give up my own personal experiences for the world. What I’ve come through makes me who I am today. I've been able to come through it and come out on the other side. So can those that we work with a Bayaud Enterprises”

Through the podcast, you’ll get to meet the ClayDean team. The podcast introduces listeners to community partners from across the West. On each episode, ClayDean team members talk with organizations, individuals, and community leaders involved in workforce pre-apprenticeship programs and show you some of the amazing work happening here in Colorado to serve veterans, justice-involved, or others looking for a new career.

We invite you to listen and subscribe to Table26.

About ClayDean Electric
New energy from policy to community to commissioned installation. A revolution is taking place in new energy, from microgrids to solar, hydro, and other green energy solutions. This transformation is creating opportunities for communities, businesses and talented tradespeople to explore new models for powering our world.

Through our Table26 Podcast, ClayDean Electric, creates an opportunity to meet organizations, individuals, and community leaders involved in workforce pre-apprenticeship programs. Along with industry-leaders and those pushing economic development and growth policies, ClayDean hopes to create a conversation where we can find a common world-view on the transformation occurring in the new energy economy.

About Bayaud Enterprises
Our mission is to create Hope, Opportunity and Choice, with work as the means through which people with disabilities and other barriers to employment can more fully participate in the mainstream of life. Since 1969, we have changed the lives of thousands of individuals in the Denver community by providing employment training, assessment, coaching, placement, and supported employment. We believe that helping individuals gain self-reliance is foundational to the health of individuals, families, communities, and the economy of Colorado.

Our Social Enterprises provide a foundation for our various programs including paid job training opportunities for individuals qualifying for our services. They also provide full-time employment for 180 people, of whom 75% have severe disabilities including physical, mental and emotional. Additionally, we provide excellent services to our customers that including things like document destruction, administrative support, product assemble and more. Customer satisfaction is our priority. We offer a wide range of integrated solutions to support your businesses specific needs.

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