Workforce Development Committee & Coalition Workforce development is one of AGC’s key strategic objectives, and we are working today to meet Oregon’s current and future construction workforce needs. See how you can partner with us in our efforts to enhance the development and recruitment of a highly skilled, diverse construction workforce. AGC Workforce and Professional Development Committee The goal of AGC’s Workforce and Professional Development Committee is simple: to grow and develop the construction workforce and leadership of the future. We are always seeking fresh ideas, and all AGC members are welcome and encouraged to attend our meetings. Take a look at the Workforce and Professional Development Committee charter. Committee Leadership Chair: Walt Gamble, Gamble Construction Services Vice Chair: Brandon Flint, Inline Commercial Construction AGC staff: Frosti Adams, 503-685-8310, and Aaron Bouchane, 503-685-8304 Assisting Members Around the Region AGC’s workforce team brings the skills, resources, ideas, and best practices necessary to build the pipeline of skilled construction workers now and for the future. See our activity summary. Oregon Construction Workforce Coalition Workforce development is an industry-wide issue, much larger than AGC can manage alone. Through the Oregon Construction Workforce Coalition, AGC and our numerous construction industry partners have established a broad spectrum of industry connections and have developed industry-specific outreach resources to promote the rewarding opportunities afforded by the construction industry. This assures youth, young adults, parents, and other key influencers that construction careers are a desirable option for a successful future. This coalition is open to both AGC members and non-members. Find out more about a few of the industry workforce programs this coalition has developed and supports at www.build-oregon.org. Educator Outreach Externships AGC successfully partnered with Willamette Promise and the Willamette Education Service District to develop a summer educator externship program. In 2017 we completed our second year with 28 educators and over 60 industry partner hosts. This program has been instrumental in connecting local construction companies with educators to provide first-hand experience and exposure to the limitless opportunities of careers in construction. Through these experiences educators are better equipped to relay numerous career pathways in construction to their students through new lesson plans, and presentations, and industry connections. Read more about the program, educator feedback and commentary Watch the video Planning for the 2018 summer program is well underway. Dates have been set: July 16-26, 2018. We need many contractor and industry partner volunteers to host educators from all around the state. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Frosti Adams, 503-685-8310. AGC of America Workforce Efforts and Resources Industry recruitment and retention are essential to the future of the construction industry. Just as important as finding craft workers, project managers, and supervisors, is ensuring that these essential workers are properly educated and trained. Efforts through AGCA, in conjunction with chapters and industry partners, are focused on the goal to attract, retain, and train our future construction industry workforce. For nationwide news, workforce development resources, and more, visit the AGCA website. AGCA Workforce Survey Results (August 2017) Seventy-Percent of Contractors Have a Hard Time Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire Amid Growing Construction Demand, National Survey Finds Survey Results: National Oregon Washington Related Resources Student Outreach AGC is passionate about developing future construction industry leaders. Check out our outreach efforts » Workforce Grants AGC partners financially with programs and organizations that encourage careers in construction. Learn about and apply for a grant » AGC’s Education & Training Overview See more training and professional development options! Check out all our professional training courses! » Need more information? Contact Frosti Adams or Aaron Bouchane, workforce and professional development managers, for more information.