In December 2009, a small group at the Houston Associated General Contractors held its first discussion about developing the craft workforce needed for the commercial construction industry to effectively perform future work in Houston. Since then, seven task forces and more than 50 volunteers have worked diligently on developing a long-term vision for creating a sustainable craft workforce. Owners, contractors and specialty contractors have committed to three principles – competitive wages and benefits, safety training, and craft training – as absolutely necessary to attract, train and retain a verifiably qualified workforce.
May 07, 2014
Several advancements of Construction Career Collaborative were announced at the annual AGC Business meeting on January 23, 2014.First, the Construction Career Collaborative (C3) is moving out of the beta phase which involved three Owners – MD Anderson, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston – participating in six beta projects, involving five General Contractors, over 40 specialty contractors and hundreds of craft workers. Owners can now specify the C3 principles on their entire work program or on an individual project basis.Additionally, beginning in February the individual accreditation process of contractors and specialty contractors will begin. Accreditation forms will be available online through a link on the C3 website. There is an annual fee of $1,500 for accredited C3 contractors and specialty contractors. The accreditation process will identify for our Owners the vast number of contractors and specialty contractors that value their craft workers
February 01, 2014
Optimism abounds that the local and national economies are improving. Signs of that recovery are seen in many parts of the Greater Houston area. So while the future demand for construction seems to be on an upswing, finding new and replacement workers to perform the work may prove to be a difficult task.Our current reality is that our craft workforce is rapidly graying. The average entry age of a new construction industry worker is 29, while the average age of a current worker is 47. It is estimated that up to 20% of our industry’s current workforce will retire within the next three years.More recently, improper labor practices involving misclassifying employees as “subcontractors” has been the cause of significant deterioration in the construction industry’s image
September 13, 2012
The National AGC Safety and Health Conference] was held in San Antonio in January and I had the opportunity to present the Construction Career Collaborative (C3) industry initiative to over 160 safety professionals. The initiative was well received by our safety professionals as a means to verifiably provide safety training to each craft worker and supervisor.
February 09, 2012
Blogger Mike Holland discussed a workforce initiative of the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors in his November 3, 2010 post. Since that time, over fifty individuals from Houston area contractor and specialty contractor companies have been working in seven task forces to fulfill the mission of creating a method whereby socially responsible owners, contractors and specialty contractors can positively affect the growth of a sustainable workforce. The task forces aim to achieve this by advancing principles that raise the image of the industry, attract and retain verifiably qualified workers, provide a safer and healthier environment and improve efficiency and productivity. Formerly called the Construction Industry Sustainable Workforce Alliance (CISWA) and now known as the Construction Career Collaborative (C3), the initiative has sought the support of other leading industry organizations from ABC, ASA, MCA, OSHA, HASC to SCTC in the effort
August 11, 2011