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Successful Workforce Development Practices: An Update on the UpSkill Houston Initiative in the Construction Sector Houston's construction industry collaborates to develop and strengthen area talent pipeline IN THE WINTEr 2016 ISSuE OF Cornerstone, we introduced UpSkill Houston, the nation's first business-led, community-wide, integrated workforce effort. UpSkill Houston's collective-impact approach brings together local employers, community-based organizations and training providers to tackle the ongoing issue of critical labor shortages in high growth, high demand middle skills careers in the construction industry and six other industry sectors. The collaborative efforts are beginning to pay off in meeting Houston's continued demand for skilled craft professionals by fostering innovation in workforce development for both commercial and industrial construction. By engaging and collaborating among business and industry, education and training providers, community and social services organizations, and the public workforce system, leaders in the Houston construction industry are prototyping new models to develop and strengthen our collective talent pipeline. This began with partners in the UpSkill initiative recognizing two things. First, the construction industry shares its workforce and should work together to strengthen and develop it. Second, workforce development is fundamentally a supply chain challenge that requires deliberate management of and engagement with the stakeholders touching that talent pipeline. UpSkill Houston's Construction Sector Council (the "Sector Council") is led by key leaders from the construction industry, as well as leaders from community-based organizations, community colleges, and other training providers. The Sector Council mined data and developed models to project labor demand and prioritize critical craft professions. The Sector Council also Summer 2016 reviewed the capacity and current pipelines of the training providers and examined whether that capacity could meet the demand and the needed skills and competencies for the priority occupations. The Sector Council also analyzed how talent flows to employers and looked at current sourcing, recruiting and training practices. This analysis has led to the creation of three innovative, collective impact driven, talent pipeline prototypes: S&B Engineers and Constructors "Women in Construction" Initiative: S&B worked with Gulf Coast Workforce Board/Workforce Solutions and United Way's THRIVE Network to screen and source a pool of 150 women candidates from an initial pool of 4000 "Work In Texas registered" potential candidates. At S&B's request, the Harris County Department of Education assessed 69 candidates using the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE). In cooperation with Workforce Solutions, S&B conducted direct interviews to identify a cohort of 20 women and hired them as fulltime helpers. Beginning in January 2016, the cohort was split in two groups of 10. On any given day, half are receiving all day, paid training in Pipefitting (NCCER) while the other are working on the site applying skills learned in training. S&B assigned an employee mentor to each trainee to ensure safety and retention. United Way's THRIVE Network is providing the cohort with job readiness training, financial coaching and life skills to ensure success. Jacobs "JumpStart" Initiative: Jacobs collaborated with Gulf Coast Workforce Board/Workforce Solutions and Lee College to implement its JumpStart pilot program. Jacobs worked with the Baytown Marek offers a structured on-the-job training program for new hires in their Workforce Development Program, including a Marek Coach in the field and supplemental coursework. 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Summer 2016

From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
From the President/CEO, Jerry Nevlud
In Memoriam: Jack Marshall and Dave Chapman
Case Study: A Look at How Vaughn Construction Rebuilt UTMB’s Galveston’s Clinical Services Wing After Hurricane Ike
Temporary Employees: Who Really is the Employer?
Successful Workforce Development Practices: An Update on the UpSkill Houston Initiative in the Construction Sector
AGC Houston Presents 2016 Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship Awards, Standard of Excellence Recipient and Recognizes Leadership AGC Class of 2016 Graduates
Scenes from the 25th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off and Fair
Past Events
Member News
Index of Advertisers/

Cornerstone - Summer 2016