Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) New Orleans/Bayou Chapter is working hard to recruit and train apprentices in the area. Recently, one of its welding graduates, 19-year-old Robert Dragg, was hired immediately by Turner Industries with a six-figure income. Here’s his story, in his own words.
For smaller contractors—those with fewer than 100 full-time employees and full time equivalents (FTEs)—the flood of information about the ACA can be overwhelming. Many business owners are unsure exactly which provisions (if any) apply and when they take effect. While contractors of this size are aware of the law and want to comply, many don’t know what questions to ask when it comes to understanding how the ACA might affect them.
There’s never been a better time to be in the hotel industry. It has been driving economic growth for four consecutive years and is responsible for 1.8 million jobs in communities across the country. Better yet, the hotel industry contributes billions of dollars to local, state and federal coffers. Last year alone, it generated $163 billion in tax revenue.
When it comes to shifting an outdated mindset that construction is a dead-end or undesirable job choice, money talks. So do the real-life examples of young tradesmen and professionals who’ve rapidly accelerated their long-term job security by choosing to enter apprenticeship programs such as those offered by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in partnership with local contractors that invest time and dollars into training.
Construction executives have many issues to consider when it comes to payroll. With personal and student loan debts on the rise, contractors’ accounting departments need to add the potential liability for wage garnishment to their list of worries.
Companies that have adopted a prefabrication philosophy have had to change their culture from the traditional model of relying on the skilled trades to do all the work to an industrialized construction model. In this new environment, the question is no longer, “what can we prefabricate?” It’s “what can’t we prefabricate?”
Facility owners and even many AEC firms perceive BIM as a tool that increases the cost of a project. This perception is exacerbated by the fact that training staff on this emerging and evolving technology, and its processes and tools, requires additional financial investment.
Many of America’s best and brightest students do not consider construction when contemplating their respective career paths. The dearth of workers entering the industry has construction executives and stakeholders very concerned about productivity and profits. The construction industry skilled workforce falls short of demand by almost 1.8 million positions, based on the latest estimates by the U.S. Department of Labor
How can engineering and construction companies build a diverse workforce, regardless of gender? The answer for many firms is to adapt conventional business practices to better balance work-life situations, recognize employee contributions and introduce transparent career paths. C-level executives and senior employees are getting involved more directly with their employees through one-on-one interaction.
An old cell phone can be turned into free minutes for soldiers to call home. That’s the message the Arizona Builders Alliance sent to its members earlier this year, and they responded by collecting 1,015 phones—equivalent to 507 hours (30,450 minutes) of calling time for overseas military members.