CMEF’s Boot Camp Gives Graduates, Veterans, and the Unemployed a Jump Start to Success

Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF), the educational affiliate of Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston, and their Industrial Contractor Committee (ICC), recently launched a new initiative titled, the “Ready for Industry Boot Camp.” The Ready for Industry Boot Camp launched in August and focused on recruiting recent graduates from one of CMEF’s sponsored high schools, veterans, and the underemployed or unemployed. Acceptance into the boot camp was rigorous, as it included an application with an essay and a vetting process.

“The ICC met every other week to complete the boot camp program to ensure it was ready for its pilot debut in August,” said Blair Williamson, Director of Training and Development at CMEF. “The boot camp was a three and one half day overview of popular topics covered by local industry professionals, and prepared attendees interested in joining the industrial construction industry for success.”

The boot camp included professional and safety topics ranging from safety and performing a Job Safety Analysis (JSA), a small tools demonstration, expectations of a helper, resumes and interviewing, personal financial management, and onboarding procedures, to company interviews and a site tour of a local Kuraray Septon site at the end of the week. CMEF’s collaboration with industry hiring offices was imperative to the success of the boot camp.

“With the hard work and effort the ABC/CMEF member contractors have made to provide career opportunities for high school graduates, veterans, and new entrants into the heavy construction industry, I think this program was able to provide the final step in making that opportunity a reality,” said Michael Stilley, Director of Training and Development at S&B Engineers and Constructors. “Each individual who successfully completed the Ready for Industry boot camp received a laminated card with a designated number that CMEF stored for verification. We hope that the individuals who completed the program will be considered for employment within the industry as top priority.”

To learn more about the Ready for Industry boot camp, please email bootcamp@cmefhouston.org or call 281-478-3900. To learn more about ABC/CMEF, visit our website at www.abchouston.org.

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