Neumann Brothers, Inc.
Des Moines, Iowa
Participating in classroom presentations, career fairs, and mentoring.
At Neumann Brothers we try to be active in our communities to promote the construction industry as a viable, challenging and rewarding career path. We’ve seen how this industry can change lives and we want to continue to help others reach their greatest potential – whether that is through college, trade or apprenticeship programs. We try to promote our people, our projects and the industry in the hopes that we can inspire and encourage others to find a successful option in construction.
Typically we give classroom presentations, set up at career fairs and participate in mentoring programs, however, we’ve also offered tours on various job sites to students and faculty and we try to host at least one intern each semester when possible.
For several years we’ve had Project Managers and Field Superintendents, as well as our Architects, make presentations at local high schools. We visit Lincoln High’s Construction classes each year to provide insight into the industry and show them the benefits of pursuing a career within it after high school. We also sit down and interview senior students who have completed the construction courses before they graduate.
For those who already have some idea of the career path they’d like to pursue we set up at career fairs. Each year we have a booth at Iowa State University’s career fairs (both fall and spring). We have several graduates of Iowa State who return to explain to current students the path that they have taken and how their education has helped them reach their current position. We also set up at the Des Moines Building Trades career fair where we’ve been fortunate to have found hardworking, successful individuals to join our company over the years.
We are also heavily involved in the ACE Mentorship Program. Our President & CEO, Mike Simpson, helped to get Central Iowa’s program off the ground and Project Manager, Josh Braby, serves on their board, provides fundraising efforts and mentors (most recently named as one of the nation’s top mentors in the ACE Program). Other members of our company offer up their assistance to the ACE program through job shadowing, mentoring and job site visits.
We are incredibly proud of our industry and we recognize that in order to keep it moving forward we have to generate excitement and show students and our communities that there are great opportunities available in construction. The more we share our excitement and passion for this industry the more we can expose others to the vast number of possibilities offered in construction.