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BTEA to launch initiative for management training

BTEA to launch initiative for management training

Barbara Nelson

The Building Trades Employers’ Association is hoping to create a new workforce training and recruitment initiative to fulfill the expected gap in skilled construction professionals within the next decade.

According to a 2004 BTEA report entitled Building Jobs: A Blueprint for the New New York,” the city is on the verge of an “aging out” phenomenon, which will lead to a shortage in several occupation fields within the industry.

“If we do not begin preparing today, bold plans for rebuilding Lower Manhattan, creating Olympic venues, and building new commercial and residential facilities could be in jeopardy,” Coletti said.

“Our initiatives will allow New York to be prepared and competitive.”

The 54-page report indicates that within the next decade there will be a critical demand for the following jobs: project manager/engineer, project superintendent, draftsperson, cost estimator, and administrative/ secretarial.

“The construction industry surpasses all other industries in New York City in providing a ladder into the middle class for workers with limited formal schooling,” said James Parrott, deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research and education organization that focuses on fiscal, economic and labor market issues, wrote the report’s strategic plan.

“This report examines how the office side of construction companies could serve as more of a feeder into the middle class for New York City residents.”

The BTEA has asked the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for $6 million to fund the establishment of the program, said Coletti.

“In partnership with government and the education system, our report sets the framework for our industry to be fully prepared to meet the extraordinary workforce challenges of the coming decades,” added Coletti.

The program would include the following:

Creation of a New York City Building and Construction Career Academy where training would focus on skills and occupations in demand by construction companies.

Establishment of a New York City Council of Colleges for Construction that would link educational resources provided by colleges and universities citywide. The Council would offer internship programs, promote the construction industry as a career option for students, and identify new employees for the professional, managerial and administrative sector of the industry.

Establishment of a “Construction Clearinghouse” for the recruitment of new personnel.

The clearinghouse would help address construction companies’ recruitment needs and serve as a central point of contact for individuals interested in working in the professional, managerial and administrative sector of the industry.

In addition to the workforce initiatives, the report also includes an economic and demographic analysis characterizing the construction industry as one of the leaders in private sector job growth in the New York City economy.

The report took over one year to complete and was underwritten by a grant from the Consortium for Worker Education, a private, not-for-profit agency that provides employment-related education, training and economic development programs.

The Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research and education organization that focuses on fiscal, economic and labor market issues, wrote the strategic plan.

According to CWE executive director Joseph McDermott, “The CWE provided funding for this landmark study because it is absolutely essential that we understand and plan for future workforce training and education needs that must be addressed by the construction industry and other major industries if they are to remain competitive in the global economy.”

The Building Trades Employers’ Association is hoping to create a new workforce training and recruitment initiative to fulfill the expected gap in skilled construction professionals within the next decade.

According to a 2004 BTEA report entitled Building Jobs: A Blueprint for the New New York,” the city is on the verge of an “aging out” phenomenon, which will lead to a shortage in several occupation fields within the industry.

“If we do not begin preparing today, bold plans for rebuilding Lower Manhattan, creating Olympic venues, and building new commercial and residential facilities could be in jeopardy,” Coletti said.

“Our initiatives will allow New York to be prepared and competitive.”

The 54-page report indicates that within the next decade there will be a critical demand for the following jobs: project manager/engineer, project superintendent, draftsperson, cost estimator, and administrative/ secretarial.

“The construction industry surpasses all other industries in New York City in providing a ladder into the middle class for workers with limited formal schooling,” said James Parrott, deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research and education organization that focuses on fiscal, economic and labor market issues, wrote the report’s strategic plan.

“This report examines how the office side of construction companies could serve as more of a feeder into the middle class for New York City residents.”

The BTEA has asked the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for $6 million to fund the establishment of the program, said Coletti.

“In partnership with government and the education system, our report sets the framework for our industry to be fully prepared to meet the extraordinary workforce challenges of the coming decades,” added Coletti.

The program would include the following:

Creation of a New York City Building and Construction Career Academy where training would focus on skills and occupations in demand by construction companies.

Establishment of a New York City Council of Colleges for Construction that would link educational resources provided by colleges and universities citywide. The Council would offer internship programs, promote the construction industry as a career option for students, and identify new employees for the professional, managerial and administrative sector of the industry.

Establishment of a “Construction Clearinghouse” for the recruitment of new personnel.

The clearinghouse would help address construction companies’ recruitment needs and serve as a central point of contact for individuals interested in working in the professional, managerial and administrative sector of the industry.

In addition to the workforce initiatives, the report also includes an economic and demographic analysis characterizing the construction industry as one of the leaders in private sector job growth in the New York City economy.

The report took over one year to complete and was underwritten by a grant from the Consortium for Worker Education, a private, not-for-profit agency that provides employment-related education, training and economic development programs.

The Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research and education organization that focuses on fiscal, economic and labor market issues, wrote the strategic plan.

According to CWE executive director Joseph McDermott, “The CWE provided funding for this landmark study because it is absolutely essential that we understand and plan for future workforce training and education needs that must be addressed by the construction industry and other major industries if they are to remain competitive in the global economy.”

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