Develop a skilled construction labor pipeline (with a living wage requirement) to reduce the construction labor shortage and time needed to deliver new housing
Partner with nonprofit organizations (e.g., YouthBuild), NC-based initiatives (e.g., NC Works), BIPOC-led businesses and employee-owned cooperatives, and academic institutions (specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities or community colleges located in areas with a high percentage of historically marginalized populations), to develop a vocational/training program for construction workers and managers to help reduce the construction labor shortage and support faster construction of affordable housing. Support this new program by building partnerships with regional employers who can sponsor internship programs (like the Rose Fellowship in architecture) and ensure living-wage jobs/contracts for the newly skilled workers.
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There are three Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the region that are potential partners for this promising strategy: Bennett College, NC A&T State University, and Winston-Salem State University.
The region is expected to see a 7% increase in the number of construction workers needed to fill immediate construction jobs.
There are a number of community colleges within the region developing and presenting a construction workforce development program. These community colleges are McDowell Technical Community College, Asheville-Buncombe Community College, and Southwestern Community College.
The region has no Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) with which to partner. Construction workforce development programs will have to partner with BIPOC partners outside of higher education to ensure the program reaches and engages BIPOC workers.
The region has a limited number of building trade employers.
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