Black & Veatch is committed to “doing well by doing good” through workforce development and other community-based programs for the underserved
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Many Americans face employment barriers, including low computer literacy, unreliable transportation, and lack of internet access. Simultaneously, employers are struggling to fill open positions with qualified candidates. These challenges are increasing the demand for innovative solutions (such as Black & Veatch’s mobile and modular units) designed to facilitate workforce development initiatives. The good news is that addressing these challenges benefits everyone involved — job seekers, businesses, and community members. Here are answers to three key questions about this community development issue, including how construction industry professionals can help:
1. What is workforce development?
Workforce development encompasses various programs that create and maintain a viable labor source to sustain current and future business demands in the community. These initiatives aim to teach marketable skills to unemployed individuals and to train or upskill underemployed individuals into more advanced careers. Workforce development training programs usually are designed to teach specific knowledge and skills that are required to fill open career positions in a local market. Successful workforce development solutions will include recruitment, pre-employment training, on-the-job training, apprenticeship, and other forms of skills development and education.
2. What are the main barriers to workforce development?
3. How can the construction industry address these challenges?
According to the Associated General Contractors of America, recruitment and retention are essential to the future of our industry. Black & Veatch is working towards closing future labor gaps by partnering with local high schools and community colleges through career advancement programs. We’re also adapting our Rapid Modular Systems (RaMS) to overcome education, transportation, and technology barriers through the first-ever Digital Equity Bus. There are many other ways that construction firms can address workforce development challenges that also directly benefit our businesses:
Workforce development initiatives foster a rare “everyone wins” situation. These solutions provide community members with fulfilling jobs and help businesses hire qualified workers. Our communities will prosper as workers take pride in providing for their families and stimulate the economy through more disposable income spending. Big companies tend to put down roots where labor is available, creating higher tax revenue and job stability.
Black & Veatch is committed to “doing well by doing good” through workforce development and other community-based programs for the underserved. Contact us to learn more about Black & Veatch’s workforce development solutions and how we can meet the unique needs of your community.
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.
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