Meet the construction workers of tomorrow
Construction workers and managers are in demand but getting a start in the industry can be difficult. Finding opportunities in the construction trades for young people is the focus of a weatherization pilot project run by YouthBuild Boston (YBB) in partnership with Roxbury Community College (RCC), Madison Park Technical Vocational High School Carpentry Program, and the New England Carpenters Training Fund (NECTF).
This fall the partnership kicked off the academic year with a special event called the “Construction Workers of Tomorrow.” Students, under the supervision of the New England Carpenters Training Fund, poured concrete for the foundation of a single family home they will spend the year building at 16 North Avenue in Roxbury. They used an innovative material called insulated concrete form (ICF), a weatherized concrete foundation.
Ken Smith, Executive Director of YouthBuild Boston, says “This partnership represents an extraordinary opportunity to expand the pipeline of opportunities for young people who want to enter the building trades. We are especially grateful to Carpenter’s Union for providing technical assistance.” Smith says many of the first year graduates have been accepted into the Carpenters’ Union and other unions as apprentices which gives them an excellent chance of securing stable employment.
The school year project is part of the implementation of RoxMAPP’s emerging Building Science & Construction Management Pathway. RoxMAPP is a collaboration among the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, and RCC. This collaboration is designed to integrate public and private sector expertise to both create linkages between the two campuses while delivering new opportunities for young adults and adult learners.
With more funding, the program can provide training to 50 students.
Modern construction projects require highly skilled professionals to manage projects and workers using the latest equipment, technology and materials.
Who is a good fit?
Construction managers need strong communication and leadership skills because they direct teams of carpenters, electricians, and plumbers, and they also interact with clients and architects. Good managers have an eye for quality, and thorough knowledge of safety regulations and building codes.
Education prepares a student to enter or return to the workforce. With an associate’s degree, students may start working or transfer to a four-year school. A bachelor’s degree is highly valued in the construction field.
$40.58 hourly, $84,410 annual
Source: 2013 Onetonline.org
Projected growth over the next decade is faster than average, according to the federal Department of Labor, with 154,600 new manager positions expected.