As Michigan's weather changes over to winter, the snow beginning to fly, and the transportation construction season winds down, companies are in the process of forecasting their labor needs for the 2019 construction season. The recent reality continues to persist as construction companies review their workforce; we need more laborers in our industry and where do we find them?
Creating ground-up programs to interest and train young people in construction trades is an enormous task, but one that is beginning to reap rewards. During the past year in Michigan, two programs have shown promise in helping the construction industry and the students learn how to train for a trade and create careers for a strong future.
Among the most important aspects of the programs was the participation and commitment by many Michigan Construction Partners. These companies and organizations recognize that their willingness to actively promote the programs, provide hands-on experiences, contribute their expertise, and ultimately provide jobs for graduates is key to success and to rebuilding the workforce.
The Michigan Construction Foundation (MCF) has received a grant of nearly $179,000 from the Michigan Talent Investment Agency to initiate Michigan Construction READY Going PRO Apprenticeship Readiness program for construction training.
At two Michigan prisons, a new program is showing inmates they have what it takes to learn a trade and still be able to make something of their lives. For many, it’s a hand up and a way out of the cycle of crime and punishment.
Topics: Training Programs
Why spend money to learn, when you can be paid to learn?
That’s a question that many young people should ask themselves when considering career options. It’s also a question asked by Walbridge superintendent and carpenter Mike Haller, Jr., who joined the Walbridge Group in 2004.