ABC Greater Houston & Partners Brings Workforce Solutions to the Industry

Houston, TX— On November 11, 2016, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston hosted more than 300 construction industry professionals at the Marriott North Hotel for an expo and breakfast with the opportunity to take part in fixing the looming skilled-labor workforce shortage the industry is facing.

The construction industry is a vast sea of endless opportunity, with growth and prosperity. However, none of those attributes hold true if there is no workforce behind it.

ABC Greater Houston has spent the last year fostering and strengthening their relationship with three key players in the industry with the strategic goal to alleviate this skilled-labor workforce shortage issues many industry professionals are facing. Attendees were given the opportunity to witness discover the strategic plans set in place and were given the chance to commit their time and resources by joining the team to help execute these plans.

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“ABC has a direct link to some of the best contractors in the Houston-area, our association is able to engage with members, discover their industry needs and issues, and help provide solutions,” said Russell Hamley, ABC Greater Houston Chapter President. “Now, the effort has expanded by working with the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), Construction Career Collaborative (C3), and East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA).”

Peter Beard, Senior Vice President of Regional Workforce Development at Greater Houston Partnership (GHP); Chuck Gremillion, Executive Director of Construction Career Collaborative (C3), and Roy Watson of Chevron Phillips Chemical, who serves as the Chairman of the EHCMA Workforce Development Steering Committee were the guest of honor and spokespersons for the three associations ABC has been working alongside.

“ABC and EHCMA are working together on eight goal-specific teams to create a seamless pathway into industry careers that will allow us to have unified voice to create impactful change that will transform long-standing barriers,” said Watson. “I implore construction professionals to get involved and make a difference in someone’s life today.”

Watson also spoke about EHCMA’s dedication to promoting the health, safety, security, environmental, and economic well-being of the petrochemical, refining, and manufacturing industry in East Harris County. Beard presented UpSkill Houston, an initiative, created due to the lack of skilled candidates focusing on closing the skills gap in Houston by increasing the number of individuals attracted to and trained for critical “middle skills” jobs such as skilled craft professionals. Gremillion explained how C3 concentrates on promoting a company standard among commercial contractors and owners that demonstrates dedication to providing safety training, craft training, employee benefits, and fair compensation. C3 not only helps companies to become C3 certified, C3 members go out to various owners and potential clients to encourage said owners to work exclusively with C3 partnering companies.

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Once the speakers concluded, guests were asked to “answer the call” to be a part of the solution by signing their names on a commitment poster. It will take the community as a whole to address some of our larger industry issues including unemployment, underemployment issues, and education/training. The partnership established among C3, GHP, EHCMA and ABC will continue to grow until the workforce development issues are solved.

To learn more about these workforce development initiatives, visit www.abchouston.org.

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