There seem to be plenty of candidates in Michigan
There are 3 or 4 1-year programs in Michigan spread throughout the state that are basically a Utility Tech program. They are usually considered a second step apprentice depending on who hires them and what type of program they go into. All those programs are full and graduates are getting jobs at graduation. I think you people who are proud, hard-working individuals have been very successful finding out about these schools and finding work after graduation.
There is somewhat of a disconnect from some graduates compared to other generations. Many of our younger guys do not want to work more than 40 hours per week. And because they are paid well enough, they do not seek out the overtime. The exception is the younger employees with families. They tend to seek all the OT they can get. I know some of the folks that post here work a shift different from the typical 8-4:30. I believe that will come to all utilities eventualy.
I'm on an apprenticeship commitee that evaluates between 60-90 apprentices. There are plenty of people getting into the trade, my biggest concern is that they won't have enough time with the experienced guys before they retire. We have a pretty good spread in ages at our place, but I see huge gaps in other utilites in the apprentice program.
I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.