With Colorado’s construction employment skyrocketing from 104,000 jobs in 2011 to 175,000 positions in 2019, area organizations such as Adams County Economic Development (ACED), the Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC), and the Adams County Education Consortium (ACEC) are making a full-court press for Adams County students to tap into careers in this growing industry.
The topic took center stage at ACED’s recent Executive Roundtable luncheon on November 12, which brings together members, economic development professionals, and industry associations to discuss topics vital to economic development in Adams County.
Featured speakers included ACED Executive Committee Vice-Chair Tom Stone of Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Michael Gifford of AGC Colorado, and Chuck Gross of ACEC.
According to Gifford, factors such as high population growth through net in-migration, strong corporate relocation, and deferred infrastructure and housing demand are fueling job growth — and competition for workers — in the industry.
The presenters highlighted several programs underway in Adams County schools that area employers can tap into for talent:
Careers in Construction is putting skilled vocational education back in high schools by training students to meet the demand for skilled trades jobs and careers. Several Adams County schools are participating.
High School Construction Connection pairs volunteers from the construction industry to interact with area high schools through hands-on opportunities and jobs-site tours. Thirty-one high schools are participating, including many in Adams County.
Apprenticeship programs provide a direct career path and are a win-win for students and companies. Apprentices participate in classroom sessions as well as work alongside a skilled tradesperson on their way to earning a license in the skilled trade they choose.
For more information or to engage in ACED’s efforts to promote Careers in Construction programs in Adams County, contact Deb Durand, VP of Investor and Community Relations for ACED.