A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

I traveled to Dallas recently to talk about CEFGA’s Construction Ready Program with a group of faith-based leaders in that city. I was talking about the skilled worker shortage in Atlanta, and how as a result of the shortage, skilled workers are making great money. Then, someone shared this joke about a lawyer and a plumber ...
August 10, 2017
One of the smartest people I know is a Master Plumber who owns a small plumbing company, Two Twigs Enterprises, here in Atlanta.  Cary Mandeville is his name.  He did some apprenticeship training for our organization early on, and he warned me.  He said, “This labor issue is a big boulder that we are going to have to chip away at, piece by piece.  The solution will not come quickly.”For a long time, I stubbornly viewed the skilled labor shortage as a boulder that, with the right leverage, could be pushed, rolled or at least moved within a few years.  Eighteen years later, I realize that my plumber friend was right.  
August 21, 2014
381 Companies Engage Thousands of Georgia StudentsCharles Crosby owns his own construction company in Atlanta.  Every year he carves out three full days to volunteer for the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) CareerExpo and SkillsUSA State Championships.He is one of more than 1,000 industry volunteers who make the event happen.  This year, he decided to do a little something extra.  He reached out to a middle school in his own community – Sandy Springs – and invited them to the event.  His extra work paid off.  Sandy Springs Charter Middle showed up with a busload of 44 students.  
May 21, 2014
So, you’re a regular reader of Construction Citizen and you’re thinking, “I already have 141 ideas for solving the construction industry’s labor shortage!” Stick with me because not only am I going give you 141 hot-off-the-press ideas that our local leaders recently developed; I’m also going to share one big idea that I believe will solve this Gordian Knot once and for all.  I’m going to present the idea here on Construction Citizen, then I hope to continually report on progress in the months and years ahead.
December 27, 2013