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and are married. Industry organizations have advertised at music
festivals, flown aerial banners at sporting events and placed ads on
digital music and social media sites that appeal to that generation's
tastes. Once the construction industry interests those individuals,
programs can provide them with task training and condensed skills
training about the life-changing opportunities available in construction: good pay, prospects for advancement and further opportunities
for education and training.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) chapters recently
created training programs including one in Florida called "Ready,
Set, Build." The week-long program puts students through an OSHA
10-hour course that earns them a safety card. Other chapters offer a
similar programs, including Project Jump Start, which provides 87
hours of intensive classroom instruction and hands-on training.

A Greater Understanding
Any program for a basic-skills worker should begin with an aptitude
test to direct the person to a job in which he or she will find success
and enjoyment. If the person loves the trade and shows competence
within six months to a year, then he or she will want to enroll in an
apprenticeship program as the next step in his or her career. With
apprenticeship programs, the employer pays for the training. An entry-level worker who hadn't thought about the trades until recently
needs guidance.
The second challenge is the public's misperception of construction.
There's still a sense that manual labor is less valuable than an office
job, despite their extensive hands-on education. They graduate with
a journeyman or master's licenses, and some of them - you might be
shocked to find - have perfect attendance. It's inspiring that people in
the industry have such a passion for their craft.
Fortunately, there seems to be a greater understanding today that
construction jobs are not second options. The change can be seen at
the state level. The Florida legislature recently created a construction workforce development board like that in Alabama, Georgia
and other southeastern states. Its first order of business was making
legislative recommendations on how to improve the appeal of jobs in
the trade.
The legislature recognizes that the vast majority of jobs of the
future may not require a university's four-year degree, but they might
require a four-year certification in an apprenticeship program or
similar program.
To change the culture in academia, the taskforce has recommended placing equal weight on enrollment in college and in training
programs that lead to certifications in the construction trades. The
institutions for training are already in place. The ABC invests about
$1.1 billion a year in programs that train 476,000 people.
The technology for learning has been updated with online pro-

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grams to allow a student to finish a program
or learn on his or her time. Audiovisual
equipment in the classroom, on-demand
video and webinars, and taped lessons make
it so that somebody who misses the class can
follow the material. The programs produce
highly capable, experienced graduates.
At the chapter level, we're seeing enthusiasm and openness from educational institutions to expanding programs and providing
more space and facilities as needed.
When government, educators, workers
and employers start to see a new model for
construction employment and training, you
have hope. The industry still has challenges
to making these jobs, half a million now and
more to come, more appealing. Together, we
can figure it out.
Peter Dyga is the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors
(ABC) East Florida chapter, the largest commercial construction association in
Florida. The chapter provides leadership and a recognized voice to the construction industry in the east Florida geographic region.

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