In last year’s survey report, we looked at what was being done to address the growing scarcity of skilled labor in Northeast Ohio. Legislative and educational initiatives aimed at attracting young people to the construction industry were showing some progress. While legislation has not progressed thus far, there continue to be innovative programs geared at directing young people to the building and construction trades. Here’s a look at three of them:
The Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council (CBCTC) and Cleveland Public Schools have joined forces to provide students from Max Hayes High School the opportunity to learn and work directly from the best in the trade.
The agreement between CBCTC, the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) allows students to enroll in a staterecognized pre-apprenticeship program during high school to help them meet union standards. Once they graduate, the students have an opportunity to become apprentices and join the construction trades. The agreement gives students a realistic opportunity for careers in the construction industry while addressing the lack of young people entering the manufacturing and construction fields.
ACE Mentor Program
Similar to the CBCTC program, the Cleveland affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program partners with the CMSD to provide mentoring and education to Cleveland high school students in the architecture, construction and engineering industries through project-based learning. The program is a joint effort from all segments of the design and construction industry, firms and individuals from local design, engineering and construction industry, as well as several institutional partners.
In April, ACE Cleveland presented $99,000 in scholarship awards to CMSD high school seniors. Students from six schools also gave formal presentations on projects they had worked on over the course of the past school year.
Cleveland Tradeswomen Committee
The Cleveland Tradeswomen Committee of the Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council is hosting a series of events to encourage women to join the construction trades. To date, the committee has introduced nearly 90 women to potential careers in construction.
Both male and female representatives from the plumbers, electrical workers, carpenters, ironworkers, pipefitters, and bricklayers are available at the events to answer questions and discuss the type of work they do on a daily basis. Three career fairs have led to an upswing in the number of women applying for apprenticeships. Additional events are planned to help bring diversity to a male-dominated industry.
We’ll continue to monitor these and other programs as well as public policy initiatives.
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