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Vulcan Materials recruiting recent high school graduates into the workforce

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There are more than 85,000 open jobs across the state of Alabama and recent high school graduates are starting to be looked at as a resource to fill that need.

Efforts to recruit recent high school graduates into the workforce are continuing to be made across the state. These efforts are specifically being made in trade jobs.

Vulcan Materials is one of many companies across the state focusing their recruitment efforts on these high school students.

The company has partnered with Build Up, a workforce development high school in Birmingham, to introduce students to the construction industry as early as ninth grade.

“There was always a stigma around trades and one of the things we want to try to do is remove that stigma from trades and let people know these are viable options for them to be able to support their families, pay their mortgage, to pay a house note,” said James Sutton, Executive Director of Build Up.

Once these students turn 18 they are eligible for internships and apprenticeships with the program.

Students will complete 30-40 hours of on the job training with the possibility of a full time job offer after completion.

“We’re looking for recent graduates that are looking for entry level roles," said Britney Taylor, Vulcan Materials HR Generalist.

The company offers benefits including dental, vision and medical. Along with competitive pay.

Taylor says these benefits along with detailed on the job training is what makes students comfortable with the job and more likely to remain.

"We identify their skill level when they come and work for Vulcan and what is unique about us is that we have ways to partner new hires with individuals based on their skill level.”

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The company also offers tuition reimbursement for students looking to further their education after high school.

Students will be able to work part time with the company while getting their degree and will be required to commit to the company full time after graduation.

The company currently has 8-10 entry level roles available for students looking to join the work force.

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