Nurturing Growth: The Role of Mentorship in the Construction Trade Industry

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In the ever-evolving world of the construction trade industry, where every project presents unique challenges and demands diverse skills, mentorship acts as the foundation for professional development. Unlike a simple transfer of information, mentorship embodies the essence of ‘tribal knowledge,’ representing the collective wisdom passed down through generations of seasoned veterans. It’s a journey of growth that comes from the time and effort invested by both parties—the mentor and the mentee.

In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of mentorship in both the construction trade and Berg Construction ethos, exploring how it fosters skill development, instills industry wisdom, and ultimately contributes to the growth of both individuals and the sector as a whole.

Skill Development:

The construction trade is multifaceted, demanding a broad range of skills from its workforce. Mentorship provides a structured environment for individuals to acquire and refine these skills. It’s more than just guidance; it’s an apprenticeship where seasoned mentors share technical expertise and the nuances and unwritten rules that textbooks can’t replicate.

In the excavation business specifically, the mentorship journey involves more than just mastering heavy machinery; it’s about understanding the intricacies and unspoken insights that come with experience. Foremen impart not only project management expertise but also the softer skills crucial for navigating the dynamic construction environment. Laborers, the mainstay of any project, benefit from mentorship by acquiring hands-on skills and imbibing the safety protocols and cultural nuances that define the trade. This collaborative approach creates a shared responsibility for mentorship, contributing to the well-rounded development of those in the trade and ensuring they have the right ‘tools’ for success.

Knowledge Transfer:

In an industry where methods, materials, and technology are constantly evolving, the transfer of knowledge from experienced mentors to eager mentees is invaluable. Mentorship is not just an exchange of facts; it’s a transmission of insights gained through years of on-the-job experience. Mentors, acting as living encyclopedias of industry wisdom, contribute to the industry’s collective intelligence, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

This authentic knowledge transfer ensures the preservation of traditional craftsmanship while integrating innovative practices that drive the construction trade forward. It’s a realistic acknowledgment that progress is not just about embracing the new but also about cherishing and understanding the foundations laid by those who came before.

Professional Networking:

Mentorship extends beyond skills and knowledge; it’s a gateway to valuable professional networks. It’s not just about making connections; it’s about being part of a community where relationships are built on genuine interactions and shared experiences. Seasoned professionals open doors for those entering the construction trade, connecting them with key players, suppliers, and potential employers.

Referring to professional networking, Berg Construction stands out as a people-focused company, where relationships are not just a means to an end but a fundamental aspect of our core values. Our commitment to building meaningful connections extends beyond the boundaries of project timelines and contracts. Berg Construction takes pride in actively engaging with professionals and businesses in the community, recognizing the symbiotic relationship between business success and the community’s collective growth.

Building Confidence and Resilience:

Navigating the challenges of the construction trade requires more than just technical skills—it demands resilience and confidence. From unpredictable weather conditions to the complexities of on-site problem-solving, the construction trade is rife with hurdles. In this context, every project becomes a testament to teamwork and a living example of how mentorship plays a crucial role in developing mutual support and shared responsibility.

In our mentorship aspirations at Berg, we seek to instill the fundamental ideologies that shape our approach to overcoming adversity. We believe in looking beyond quick fixes and emphasizing the importance of solving problems unerringly, even if it takes longer. This commitment to creating thoughtful solutions becomes a cornerstone for developing the problem-solving skills crucial for success in the construction trade.

The Roots of Mentorship for Berg Construction:

As the construction trade advances, mentorship stands out as a fundamental factor in shaping the future. Transferring skills and knowledge and cultivating professional networks contribute to the growth of individuals and the industry.

At Berg Construction, the importance of mentorship is rooted in the ‘tribal knowledge’ handed down through generations and comes to life through the personal commitments of our individuals. Through our daily endeavors, we understand that achieving consistency in mentorship is an ongoing journey. However, as we learn and adapt, mentorship is a linchpin in growing careers, fostering professional development, and building a sustainable legacy in the construction trade.

Are you interested in how a career at Berg Construction can shape your future and contribute to the industry’s evolution? Reach out to us today to learn more about our commitment to building an enduring future together.

Celebrating our Team

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On April 4, Berg held its 2nd Annual Years of Service Appreciation Dinner at The Heritage Restaurant.

17 Employees were honored for celebrating 5 to 10 years of service in 2022 to Berg Construction.

The evening began with fellowship, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Ford Berg, CEO greeted employees and their guests and thanked them for their years of service and dedication to the company. Ford’s welcome was followed by a delicious plated meal, desserts and gift presentations to our team and their guests.

Berg Safety Day

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March is usually a transition month for the construction industry. It’s also a good time to conduct safety training without disrupting normal productivity. Safety training is essential to the success of our overall safety program.

March 22 Berg held our 2nd annual Safety Day. The team came together to train on GPS, Identifying Hazards, Soil Testing, Driver Training and PA One Call.

Our employees are  our biggest asset. We took this opportunity to come together as a group for a great lunch & to distribute the first quarter employee appreciation gift.



Clayton Co-Op Student

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We are extremely proud of the relationship we have with Twin Valley High School’s Student to Career’s Program. Clayton, a Co-Op student from Twin Valley High School, has been working through an Internship Program here at Berg. He has been with us since November of 2021 and has grown to be a very important part of our team. Clayton has been working in our shop doing things like greasing machines, oil changes, parts pickup and much more. Some words that our team has used to describe Clayton are hardworking, dependable and driven. In June, Clayton will be graduating and going onto discover new opportunities. We are very happy to see how far he has come and wish him the best of luck.

2nd Quarter Employee Appreciation Event

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Our people! We’re fortunate to have the dedicate team we do. They are the reason we are who we are!

On May 26, we held our quarterly appreciation event with an employee breakfast, spring apparel distribution and open enrollment meeting.

Our employees understanding and taking control of their health insurance options are very important to us here at Berg. To facilitate that, we hosted an Open Enrollment Breakfast with our Representatives to help them through the different plan options they can choose from. At the end of the meeting, all received their spring apparel.

Christmas Luncheon & Training Day

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OUR PEOPLE! We’re very lucky to have the people we do, they are the entire reason we are who we are! We took time last week to show our appreciation and celebrate their accomplishments in 2021 with food, fellowship & a little first aid (and CPR training). Special thanks to Elverson Honeybrook EMS for training our team and to The Heritage Restaurant for a delicious catered meal. 

Special Projects and Nonprofits

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It can be easy for small projects to get overlooked by bigger construction companies. But when Berg Construction first started in 2004, small jobs and residential projects were our bread and butter. So even after we’ve grown, it’s important to us that we continue doing this work in the community with the same level of attention and care. 

Our Residential/Special Projects Division handles all work that is non-commercial including site clearing, driveway or parking lot paving/remediation, subdivision site preparation, septic systems, sewer lines, and more. We put the needs of our clients first and can handle a project from start to finish. Watch the video to learn more about what our Special Projects Division can do and what we bring to the table.

Anchored Ministries

One of our values as a team is to be servant leaders—we lead by putting the needs of others before our own. This holiday season, we’re partnering with Anchored Ministries to help serve families and people in need living in the Twin Valley community. 

Anchored Ministries is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the local community by providing basic necessities needed to sustain daily living. “The work Anchored Ministries is doing is really amazing, and it’s run completely through volunteers. The Christmas Program is one of their most impactful programs, and we’re really happy to support them,” said Traci Witkowski, our Director of Human Resources.

In 2021, Anchored Ministries provided 1,730 meals, 36,146 items of clothing, and 156 backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need. The Christmas Program provides children and families the chance to experience a little holiday magic. Sponsors and donations will help struggling families provide their kids with gifts—and lots of Christmas cheer. Click here to learn more about sponsoring a family and other opportunities to support Anchored Ministries work in our community. 

Trunk or Treat

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Congratulations to Caernarvon Township Park & Recreation on their successful Trunk r Treat event. The Berg Team appreciates the opportunity to participate in this great community event. 

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Employee Appreciation Day at Hersheypark

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Berg hosted an Employee Appreciation Day at Hersheypark. Employees and their families gathered for a catered luncheon & spent the day enjoying fun & fellowship with each other & all the Park had to offer. Employee appreciation events is just one way Berg celebrates it’s employees. Thank you to our entire team! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #bergconst #bergconstruction #sitework #bluecollar #buildwithberg #hersheyparkhappy