DENVER, September 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) is launching the Civil Construction Academy, a free entry-level construction training program for Colorado residents, with the first program beginning October 10. This six-week program includes online and in-person training in the non-building construction industry that culminates in a job fair. The program’s mission is to equip unemployed and underemployed Coloradoans with the basic construction skills needed to be hired into entry-level jobs with Colorado based construction companies.
Construction employment Colorado by the end of 2021, there were 3,000 jobs short of pre-pandemic levels, while the need for construction workers has only increased, according to the Leeds School of Business Business Economic Outlook 2022. The report goes on to say that construction has long faced a “silver tsunami” where more and more baby boomers continue to retire, with the next generation left behind to fill these vacancies. In fact, 98% of Colorado construction companies report having difficulty filling positions according to the Construction outlook 2022 of the Associated General Contractors of America.
“It’s no secret that the construction industry is still struggling to train and replace a new generation of the workforce. The Civil Construction Academy will support the hiring efforts of the ‘construction industry to expose more people to the opportunities available in construction,’ commented Tony MiloCEO of ACC.
The Civil Construction Academy is supported in whole or in part by federal award number SLFRF0126 awarded to the state of Colorado by the US Treasury Department. This includes funding allocated to the Colorado Workforce Development Council through HB21-1264. The first training program takes place in centenary at the CCA office, with additional programs planned across the state over the next year. Online teaching is based on the curriculum of the Core: Introduction to basic construction skills courtesy of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The NCCER is a nationally recognized program that provides standardization across many skilled trades and construction education.
Despite an impending recession that generally affects residential construction and building construction, construction not Colorado has recently seen an increase in project funding with the adoption of from colorado SB21-260 which provides $5.2 billion funding over the next ten years for transportation projects, continuing to raise funds with inflation adjustments in perpetuity.
“In the wake of the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic and growing market uncertainty, investing in infrastructure can put our economy back on the path to recovery. Consider that each $1 billion invested in non-residential construction create and maintain more than 28,000 jobs and another $1.1 billion personal income,” concluded Milo.
Training programs begin October 10 and will continue throughout 2023 throughout the state of colorado. Interested individuals can register at coloradocontractors.org by clicking on “Civil Construction Academy” on the home page.
About the Colorado Contractors Association: The Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) is the premier trade association for infrastructure construction professionals across the state of colorado, bringing infrastructure to life through the power of advocacy, education, training and partnerships. Founded in 1933, CCA has become from colorado leading unifying voice and champion of Colorado infrastructure, serving as a critical partner to over 400 member companies and owner agencies as well as an influential catalyst and thought leader in securing infrastructure investments, promoting innovative practices, industry growth, protecting the interests of industry and advancing the future of quality infrastructure in our state. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Civil Construction Academy: The Civil Construction Academy is a free, entry-level construction training program hosted by the Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) with a grant from the state of colorado. Each six-week program includes online and in-person training in the non-building construction industry culminating in a job fair. The program’s mission is to equip unemployed and underemployed Coloradoans with the basic construction skills needed to be hired into entry-level jobs with Colorado based construction companies. Follow us on Facebook and TikTok (@civilconstructionacademy).
Julie WazerPA LEED
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