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Listening Time S2 – Episode 19 Listening Time 27 Minutes

Changing Attitudes: Trades & The Younger Generation

With Christine Hodge and Jason Savageau

Episode Overview

This episode takes a look at the shift from viewing trade work as merely a job to embracing it as a fulfilling career. Join our guests as they discuss effective recruitment and mentorship strategies that meet the expectations of a younger workforce while protecting the brand you worked hard to build. Christine shares her insights on hiring and developing young talent, while Jason highlights the updated approach to mentorship he’s now able to implement thanks to the Jobber Grant he received last year. Join host Adam Sylvester, Jason Savageau, Current Electric System and 2023 Jobber Gants recipient, and Christine Hodge, CEO of Clearview Washing.

Show Notes

  • Introduction to the episode and guests (0:30)
  • The importance of framing trade work as a career, not just a job (01:03)
  • Advocating for a shift in how career paths are presented to young people (02:38)
  • The significance of starting trade careers early (04:51)
  • Christine’s approach to hiring and developing younger employees (06:39)
  • Methods for recruiting young workers through job postings and referral bonuses (10:33)
  • Jason’s updated approach to mentorship (13:15)
  • What Adam, Jason, and Christine love about Jobber (17:10)
  • Adam’s hack for managing recruitment costs on Indeed (19:22) 
  • Understanding the expectations of a younger workforce (21:09)
  • Adam’s takeaway tips: sell a career—not a job, send staff to night school so they can share their knowledge during work hours, monitor the applications you get through Indeed so you don’t spend too much money (25:11)

About the speakers

HOST

Adam Sylvester

CHARLOTTESVILLE GUTTER PROS AND CHARLOTTESVILLE LAWN CARE

Website: adamsylvester.com

Adam started Charlottesville Lawn Care in 2013 and Charlottesville Gutter Pros in the fall of 2020, in Charlottesville, VA. He likes to say, “I do gutters and grass! When it rains the grass grows and the gutters leak!” He got into owning his own business because he saw it as a huge opportunity to generate great income while living a life that suited him. He believes that small companies can make a serious impact on their communities and on every individual they touch, and he wanted to build a company that could make a big difference. His sweet spot talent is sales and marketing with a strong passion for building a place his team wants to work. Adam values his employees and loves leading people. While operations and efficiency is not something that comes naturally to him, he is constantly working to improve himself and his business in these areas. 

Guest

Christine hodge

CLEARVIEW WASHING, LLC

Instagram: @clearviewwashing
Instagram: @theprocessceo
YouTube: Clearview Washing, LLC
Youtube: The Process CEO

Since becoming the CEO of Clearview Washing, LLC—a commercial and residential exterior cleaning company in Freehold, NJ—five years ago, Christine Hodge has put the company on an aggressive growth trajectory, almost doubling the staff and increasing revenue by 200%. Christine is a tech-savvy systems integrator and excels at instilling a corporate culture of excellence and accountability. Entrepreneurship runs in her family and she successfully built and sold her first business by the age of 30. Her leadership at Clearview has seen the employee retention rate rise to nearly 100%, and she prides herself on building a company culture that’s the best of the best, with a strong team that represents the brand well. The company also focuses on commercial work and luxury clients, with a residential ticket average of $1,500.

Guest

JASON SAVAGEAU

CURRENT ELECTRIC SYSTEMS

LinkedIn: Jason Savageau
Instagram: @currentelectricsystems

Jason Savageau leads Current Electric Systems in Plymouth, MN, which has specialized in providing concierge-level electrical services to homeowners and businesses since 2012. Jason’s mission is to create a supportive work environment, focused on developing the skills and craftsmanship of his electricians. Through streamlined processes and transparent communications, he aims to provide exceptional customer service and high-quality work, setting new industry standards. The company is actively developing a comprehensive four-year apprenticeship program, integrating hands-on experience, weekly training sessions, and a paid night-schooling program. In addition, they are working on launching a recruitment program and exploring the creation of educational video content on electrical topics.

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