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Episode 24: Ryan van Amburgh (Career Jam)

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp, the podcast!
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners!

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster talk to Ryan van Amburgh, the co-founder of Career Jam! His organization helps youths realize their potential and find the career pathways that are right for them, along with fostering development of the Blue Collar labor force and helping local companies find their next generation of workers!

00:16 - Introduction
01:27 - What is Career Jam?
03:18 - Kids Entering the Trades
07:19 - Shoutout to RASP Incorporated and LISSMAC!
10:03 - What Does the Labor Force Look Like?
13:16 - Having a Hand in Workforce Development
15:30 - The Role of Our Schools in Workforce Development
20:56 - Career Pathways: Paving the Way
25:56 - Why is Workforce Development so Splintered Between Groups?
30:19 - The Labor Pinch… Ryan Saw it Coming!
33:39 - Upcoming Career Jam Events
36:33 - How Can My Business Support Career Jam?
39:16 - Impressing Visitors is So Rewarding!
44:42 - Ryan’s #1 Hiring Tip: Collaborate at the Sources!
46:14 - Career Jam 2054: What’s Next?
47:42 - Closing Remarks: How to Get in Touch
50:24 - Send Your Questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Ryan van Amburgh

  • Runtime

     51 Minutes, 17 Seconds

  • Air Date

    February 15th, 2023