As the state economy continues to grow, industry leaders are wrestling with questions of how to attract qualified candidates from a tight labor pool, and how to grow this pool for the future. CEFGA President and CEO Scott Shelar weighs in on the issue from the construction industry perspective.
It’s a sleepy June morning on the Westside of Atlanta. But on this day, a dozen students are up, some before the sun, ready to start a new chapter of their lives. Today is the first day of Construction Ready. For several years, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia has offered the free, 20-day program […]
It’s 8:30 in the morning and already Frank Fernandez carries the energy of a man running behind schedule. Hovering over his laptop in a coffee shop he forgoes the available stool behind him, as if sitting might somehow slow him down. He’s on a call while he works his touch pad, awaiting his drip coffee. […]
In 2014, when Ian Miller heard about the Construction Ready program at Westside Works in Atlanta, he thought it was a “money ploy” to get grants to support its own staff, rather than train participants for entry-level jobs. “I was skeptical,” says the 29-year-old Miller, a 2014 Construction Ready graduate and field engineer with Holder […]