According to the Dallas Builders Association, there are 20,000 construction workers needed in North Texas(1) to meet the growing demands for construction projects and skilled workers. Recognizing this, Center of Hope recently launched a new program which helps prepare individuals for valuable careers in the construction industry.
Careers Now Construction involves five weeks of evening classes in such critical areas as: basic construction concepts, OSHA certification (important training for construction workers from Occupational Safety & Health Administration), hands-on construction experience, and essential life skills that can help them throughout their career. A GED, high school diploma, or prior experience is not necessary to participate. And, at the conclusion of the program, graduates are invited to attend a hiring fair to meet with construction companies for specific job opportunities.
Mark Jackson, Careers Now Construction Coordinator, states, “I’ve spoken with multiple contractors. All of them are saying the same thing. They just can’t find enough people to fill these jobs.” Jackson continues, “The Careers Now Construction program addresses these needs, in as little as five weeks. Plus, the classes take place in the evening, so even those with existing jobs, that want a better career, have an opportunity to participate.”
Jackson says the program covers a wide assortment of construction areas – carpentry, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, and more – so participants leave introduced to construction skills in order to work in many areas of the industry. Typical starting pay is $15/hour and can increase.
One of the more unique parts of the program includes life skills to help participants build strong character, exemplary work ethic, and increasing value to their employers. Participants are also taught how to create a resume, complete a job application, and strategies to get the most out of job fairs and interviews – important and necessary characteristics for career success.
Paula Robinson, Center of Hope CEO, adds, “Careers Now Construction goes to the heart of our mission, to help individuals break the cycle of poverty and create a better life for themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The program is uniquely designed for the underemployed – and those just wanting something more – a chance to move into the construction trade. It’s an opportunity to build a better future for themselves, and have long-term success in a good-paying, high-demand job.”
Would you like to volunteer to help with Careers Now Construction or want to join the next class? Are you a construction contractor or sub-contractor that needs employees and would like to participate in the next hiring fair? If so, or if you have any other questions, please contact Mark Jackson at 817-594-0266 (ext. 320) or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website CareersNOWtx.com and find us on Facebook @CareersNOWtx.
(1) Brown, Steve “No end in sight for North Texas’ homebuilding labor shortage.” Dallasnews.com 26 June 2017.