As many of you are aware there is a labor shortage in our industry. The economic recession forced many of our colleagues to move out of the construction industry and pursue other career paths. Now that we are facing an upswing in housing many builders and general contractors are left looking for qualified trades professionals.
Because of this labor challenge the Construction Workforce Development Alliance of West Michigan was formed. Known more commonly as the CWDA, this group exists to market our industry, and to educate people about career paths in construction and the housing industries. To that point, the CWDA has partnered with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to offer a ‘Core Construction Jump Start Program.’ This intensive three week program will give participants the basic knowledge to be a contributing member of our workforce.
On top of this great work, the CWDA is offering 15 scholarships to the Core Construction Jump Start Program to any graduating high school senior. Dates of the program, and an application form, can be found by visiting the GRCC website here. I encourage you to share this link with your network.
This is an exciting program and we are lucky to be playing a small role.