The lack of skilled electricians has slowed home building in Denver, and the backlog is, in some cases, doubling the time it takes to build a home.
Denver’s NBC 9 News reports that some contractors are paying for their apprentices to obtain their licenses. The cost to get a journeyman's license can cost around $8,000, and electricians need 8,000 hours of training with 288 hours of classroom training.
Hundreds of them are studying at The Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain Training Facility in Northglenn. Enrollment in the program is up 50% in the last 6 years. The center’s CEO Marilyn Stansbury says contractors tell her, they can’t keep up with the demand for graduates from the school.