Career Exploration Workshop

Connecting Young People With Career Opportunities

There is a high demand for young tradespeople in Wisconsin, and Focus on Energy is in a unique position to help. Our Career Exploration Workshops help build connections between local high schools and Trade Ally contractors to educate students about rewarding career opportunities. Developed by an advisory panel of technical education instructors and contractors, Career Exploration Workshops are supplemented with a variety of resources to make the workshops an easy and engaging experience for students, contractors, and educators.

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Getting Started: Tips and Tools for Educators

Start by planning a Career Exploration Workshop for your students. Focus on Energy can help you set one up by connecting you with HVAC and solar companies.

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Getting Started: Tips and Tools for Contractors

Setting up a Career Exploration Workshop at a local school is the first step. Focus on Energy offers resources for reaching out to educators to help you get started.

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Presentation Outlines

A presentation outline can help guide the conversation and Q&A during the workshop. They can also be customized as needed based on preference.

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Promotional Flyers

Using promotional flyers is a great way to help build excitement about your workshop. These customizable PDF templates allow you to add the date, time, and location of the workshop.

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Promotional Videos

These videos contain real, first-hand accounts of the benefits, rewards, and opportunities that come with a career in the industry. We encourage educators to show this video prior to and/or as part of the workshop. Focus on Energy Trade Ally contractors are also encouraged to use these videos for their own recruitment purposes.

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Career Overview Flyers

Provide the students and their parents with some quick facts about the industry with these flyers. They can be given to students before or during the workshop.

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Press Release Templates

Once the workshop is complete, we encourage schools or contractors to share information with local community publications along with photos from the event. Note that written permission from any student or a guardian for students under the age of 18 is required.

Photo Permission Template (Coming Soon)

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Workshop In Action

Want to see what a Career Exploration Workshop could look like in your classroom? Having trouble envisioning yourself as a presenter? Watch this example video to see an HVAC Trade Ally contractor join a Wisconsin high school technology education class for a Career Exploration Workshop. Learn how industry professionals and teachers invested in the next generation.

Need Assistance?

If you need support connecting with a local Trade Ally contractor or high school, please contact Karl Hilker at

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