“This is great news for Greater Boston’s inner-city youth and young adults who seek a rewarding career in the construction industry,” said ABC President Greg Beeman. “These funds will be used to prepare young people from the inner city, as well as veterans, for self-sustaining career opportunities with ABC employer members.”
This effort stems from concerns expressed by many of our members about current workforce shortages and how difficult it is to attract qualified younger workers. Many of the candidates they see lack both basic employability skills and skilled trade preparation.
In response to these critical workforce concerns, ABC has made addressing them its top 2018 workforce goal. Earlier this year, ABC built a coalition that includes its Merit Apprenticeship Program (MAP), the Gould Construction Institute, employer members, and community-based organizations to design this program in collaboration with the Commonwealth Corporation. It has truly been a team effort.
ABC member involvement will be crucial to the success and sustainability of this innovative program. Pre-apprentices will be taught strong work ethic, receive hoisting license prep and 75 hours of general construction education, and earn OSHA certification over a four-month period. To that end, a short survey is on the way to all ABC members to further engage them in the pre-apprenticeship program and ensure that the initiative addresses their workforce needs.
This Commonwealth Corporation grant provides a golden opportunity to help develop the region’s next generation of construction professionals.