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CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE | SEPTEMBER 2016 S&B'S WOMEN'S TRAINING PROGRAM MAKES STRIDES 32 "RIGHT AFTER I clock in, I get with my pipefitter and foreman, and we talk about the work we will do that day. My fitter and I talk about the work ahead of us, how we will work safely, and then we do our safety task analysis," says Cheryl Briscoe, a craft pipefitter helper at Houston-based S&B Engineers and Constructors, which co-sponsors a specialized, accelerated craft training program for non-traditional local workers. In 2014 and 2015, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors and NCCER forecasted a shortage of skilled construction workers in the tens of thousands due to the Great Recession and a decrease in the number of high schools offering vocational-technical training. The exodus from the industry and the slow refilling has contributed to the shortage of skilled construction workers. For S&B, like many other construction companies, it was evident that traditional student and craft training programs would not produce skilled workers fast enough. After a review of several types of training programs in the Houston area, it was clear a successful training program not only needed to provide accredited training, but also had to take into account the diverse population, the social structure of families and the financial pressures imposed on families today. Keeping these factors in mind, S&B created a pilot program that provided accelerated, accredited training for female pipefitters. Today the Women's Training Program is a full-fledged collaboration among S&B, United Way Thrive and Texas Workforce Solutions, with each organization bringing something special to the training program. The program was piloted on an S&B construction project in Mont Belvieu, Texas. THRIVE and Workforce Solutions developed screening tools to identify candidates who would work well in a construction environment. S&B then interviewed those candidates and identified 20 prospects. Each candidate was offered full-time employment and enrollment as a trainee in the program. As a full-time employee, each trainee received a helper 3 hourly wage ($16 per hour) and health care benefits. http://www.sbec.com/ http://www.sbec.com/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Executive - September 2016

Industry Insider
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Washington Update
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Risk
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No Bounds to Success
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