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CEFGA Seeks Industry Help with K12 Pipeline

The letter below was written by Zach Fields, the Director of School Relations at CEFGA, in regards to the new K12 Pipeline. As many are aware, our construction industry is facing a dire shortage of skilled workers coming into the trades. Our craftsmen are reaching retirement age and the lifetime of knowledge and skill that were once handed down from generation to generation are on the verge of vanishing with no one in the pipeline to carry them on. We have a problem with the very foundation of our industry. We are long overdue for properly investing in our workforce. We've go to fix the foundation. It is commonly noted that we have 1 worker entering the industry for every 4 that are leaving. Specifically, in Georgia, we are facing a shortfall of 60,000 craft workers by 2019. I assure you that is a conservative estimate that does not even take into account those nearing retirement. Where are our workers going to come from? They are all currently in one place. The public-school classroom. This i ...

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New Regulations Make Avoiding Labor and Employment Disputes Criterion for Award of Federal Contracts and Subcontracts

On August 24, 2016, the FAR Council released a final rule implementing the 2015 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The Department of Labor issued guidance on the final rule the same day. These regulations place new obligations on contractors that work with federal government agencies and on subcontractors that work on federal projects. First, they require most contractors and some subcontractors to report violations of 15 different labor and employment laws in their bids and proposals to contracting agencies and during contract performance. Second, they require most contractors and some subcontractors to provide certain payment documentation to employees and a certain notice to independent contractors. Third, they limit arbitration (as opposed to litigation) of civil claims involving employment discrimination, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. Disclosure of Labor and Employment Law Violations The final rule will ultimately require contr ...

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Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015

Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015  "The Georgia Employer GED Tax Credit Act of 2015, sponsored by Representative Kevin Tanner (Dawsonville), revises the amount and training requirements of the adult basic skills education program tax credit for employers who help employees get their GED.  The law took effect May 1, 2015.  It increases the current tax credit of $150 per employee to a possible $1,200 for each employee that completes the required training classes and successfully passes the skills education test. For many individuals in service industry jobs, the lack of a high school diploma or GED is a significant factor in limiting career advancement.   Employers are often supportive of the efforts of their employees, but there are limited opportunities for workforce development within many of these existing industries. This law revises and expands an existing state program that had been underutilized.  ...

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Gwinnett County Schools - Career Connections Event

What is Gwinnett County's Career Connections Event?
Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Career Connections Exhibition features dozens of metro Atlanta employers, representing each of the Academies currently offered at Gwinnett’s seven Academy high schools— Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett.  8th grade students will attend to network and interview professionals in 17 different career clusters. This event exposes these students to potential careers helping them to make an informed choice when entering 9th grade at an Academy high school.

October 16, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Gwinnett Center

How can my company participate?
Download program flyer here to learn more or sign up here to be an exhibitor.

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Member, United Rentals, hosting Open House

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KSU(formerly SPSU) Educator, Maureen Wiedner, Wins National MCAA Educator of the Year

Kennesaw State University (formerly Southern Polytechnic State University) lecturer, Maureen Wiedner, was named Educator of the Year by National MCAA, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. Wiedner is the faculty advisor for numerous student organizations at KSU including the ABC Student Chapter.

To read the complete press release, click here.

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ABC member Balfour Beatty Construction named Contractor of the Year by ENR

In a recent blog posting by Balfour Beatty Construction:

Balfour Beatty Construction Services US has been named the Southeast’s
Contractor of the Year by Engineering News-Record (ENR), the preeminent
magazine for the construction industry. ENR made the announcement on May
28 in a blog post on the company’s website:

Building With Purpose - Balfour Beatty Construction's blog.

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ABC Board Member, Katie Leonard, Addresses the Workforce Shortage in Construction

Katie Leonard (BDR Partners), ABC board member, recently wrote an article regarding the workforce shortage in the construction industry and how that risk can be managed.

“It is one of the hottest topics in the industry at this time. Construction is picking up and the demand for skilled labor is far exceeding the current supply.  BDR continues to stay in tune with current market conditions.  We want to protect our clients and the success of current and future projects.  As program managers, we have to bring all our expertise and marketplace knowhow to every project as well as active engagement and a deep understanding of the core issues and current conditions driving or inhibiting success. Understanding the industry issues and current conditions is critical to managing the risk.

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Workforce Shortage in the Construction Industry


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