UBTech & BHI partner on scholarships & job path for trades

By Stephanie Carter

Uintah Basin Technical College (UBTech) is excited to announce BHI has partnered with the college, donating $500,000 in scholarships to help close the “trades gap.”

During a recent banquet held to celebrate BHI’s partnership with UBTech, Erik Haslem, Chief Executive Officer of BHI, stated, “There’s a deficit in future workers fulfilling careers in the trade industry.”

This new scholarship will assist students interested in construction technician, CDL, civil drafting technician, automation technician, electrical technician, tower technician, and other programs in informational technology, diesel, automotive, welding, and business at UBTech.

“Some people have a perception when an individual chooses to work in a trades profession, it was a ‘second choice.’ I believe we need to change the mindset,” Haslem added. “With UBTech’s help, BHI wants to spread the message that careers like these are high paying, self-fulfilling careers, and will bless their lives and families.”

“UBTech is the workforce arm of higher education,” said UBTech President Aaron Weight. “Our purpose is to provide specialized training for individuals to become workforce ready.”

Skilled laborers are in high demand among a nationwide shortage. Students who attend UBTech to learn trades skills, not only have help available to fund their education but can also have a job secured, by graduation, with BHI.

BHI was founded by Brad Haslem in 1998 in Vernal, Utah. It started as an electrical company operating out of a one-bay shop with only seven employees. Today, BHI is a general contractor with a national footprint specializing in vertical and horizontal construction in the building, energy, infrastructure, and mining markets

BHI has locations across the United States and over 600 employees. They were named as one of the 2021 Top Workplaces by the Salt Lake Tribune and shine as a leading example of serving their communities.

“We want to market to UBTech students and help them understand after their training at the college, they have a job at BHI,” added Haslem.

“We are excited to partner with BHI in workforce development education in the Uintah Basin. When businesses need new employees or training for their current employees they can turn to UBTech for their needs,” Weight said.

BHI Chief Executive Officer, Erik Haslem, signing the ceremonial check of $500,000 to help fund scholarships to close the “trades gap.”

The BHI family celebrated with UBTech recently with a donation of $500,000 in scholarships to help close the “trade gap”.

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