HOUSTON – October is Careers in Construction Month, an important time to recognize the investments made each year to attract and train the construction workers of the future.
There has never been greater opportunity for those seeking a rewarding path in a skilled trade, where one can enter the workforce right away as an apprentice, get paid to learn career skills on the job, and even work his or her way up to owning a business. Construction is an in-demand career with plenty of opportunity for people from all walks of life. It provides an opportunity for a well-paying career, not just a job—one that can’t be offshored.
It is also among the few industries where workers can join as an apprentice or trainee and be paid to further their career through earn-and-learn programs, all without accruing massive student loan debt. Skilled trades are a viable alternative to college for young students. And, a 2015 survey found construction professionals are the happiest employees in the workforce.
Today, the construction industry employs about 7.5 million workers, yet it needs to hire a staggering 500,000 workers just to fill a backlog of existing jobs. If a $1 trillion infrastructure package is added into the equation, more than one million jobs could be waiting to be filled. The demand for construction workers is high, and firms are looking to hire tomorrow’s electricians, carpenters, welders, plumbers, HVAC specialists and more.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) represents the large and small businesses that build your airports, hospitals, military installations, schools and power plants. Our companies value performance and achievement as the basis for career advancement—where employees get training and direction and are recognized for excellence in a way that shapes their future.
ABC has been setting the standard for training in the merit shop construction industry since 1950. We are working hard to address the worker shortage and curb the skills gap through more than 800 apprenticeship, craft training and safety training programs set up in 1,400 locations across the country. The Trimmer Construction Education Foundation, ABC’s nonprofit charitable organization, provides funding for the direct support of training programs and the expansion of training facilities around the country.
At ABC Greater Houston Chapter, we are developing the construction workforce of the future—one that is diverse and inclusive, and where workers are presented with limitless opportunities.
The culmination of this training is represented at the annual ABC National Craft Championships, where young men and women participate in 15 competitions, representing 13 crafts.
Opportunity lies before us to expand access to satisfying, well-paying careers in construction for women, minorities, veterans, students, non-graduates and people seeking new careers, re-entry into the workforce or a second chance.
We look forward to developing the next generation of safe, skilled and productive workers we need to build America.
Visit www.abchouston.org for more information on training opportunities. Share your construction pictures with #ABCBuildsCareers to be featured on our website.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members nationwide. Locally, ABC Greater Houston was founded in 1969, and today serves several hundred commercial and industrial contractors, suppliers and construction associates in the Greater Houston area. Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston represents the interests of merit shop contractors and its employees in the policy-making process of the government, protects and enhances the free enterprise system within the construction industry, and provides educational, marketing, and informational programs for the benefit of members and their employees.
Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) is the vehicle through which industry and craft professionals in the Houston area receive formal training. Our goal is to recruit new entrants and retain existing workers through a variety of programs focused on assessment, training, and continuing education. We believe that a community approach to training is fundamental to developing a skilled and educated craft workforce within the entire industry.