CIRT is undertaking an initiative to gather information and provide potential avenues upon which firms can share information and point potentially interested parties to, so as to retain their interests in these important fields.
September 30, 2021 – New Report on Mental Health Concerns in Construction Community Released [RESOURCE]
An important new study related to mental health issues vs. the willingness to discuss such matters was released today by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
The attached summary of the report raises this matter at a time when the construction workforce is afflicted with the second highest suicide rate among major industries. Also available from the APA for firms is NOTICE. TALK. ACT.® at Work, an e-learning training for managers on supporting employees’ mental health needs
September 8, 2021 – Compliance Brief: COVID Vaccination Incentives [RESOURCE]
Now that COVID vaccinations are readily available to all but young children, more employers are looking to encourage, and in some cases mandate, employees and their family members to get vaccinated. There is certainly flexibility for employers to do so, but employers need to be aware of certain compliance requirements that may apply depending upon what type of policy the employer implements. The focus in this issue brief is on compliance requirements for employers who want to incent, rather than mandate, COVID vaccinations via a wellness program. Read the full issue brief here.
December 2020 - The Silver Lining of Construction Productivity and COVID-19 by Gregg Schoppman, Principal, FMI Corporation. An examination of the new normal COVID-19 productivity factor.
March 26, 2020 – APCO Shares Latest Survey on Good Practices for Workforce and Clients in the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Data from the latest APCO “COVID-19 Poll of American Public Opinion” reveals some important insights and approaches that CIRT CEO members will want to consider, or continue pursuing if they are already doing so, for both their own workforces and their clients.
Results reveal that: Increasing outreach during the crisis may help boost consumer (client) perceptions of brand (firm). [See, the summary/snapshot of results, COVID-19, APCO Poll 3].
September 30, 2019 - New Study Confirms Aging Workforce in Construction Read more here.
September 25, 2019 - Report Highlights Firms Reaching Safety Milestone
NAC Safety White Paper No. 48, “NAC Recognizes Known Contractors Achieving One Million Workhours with Zero OSHA Recordable Injuries” was recently released showing the firms reaching this impressive milestone according to OSHA records. (See, Safety White Paper No. 48).
July 2, 2019 - A new report, by Opportunity America, examines programs that could become eligible for federal financial aid – An Unknown Landscape: Short-Term Job-Focused College Programs. The Report’s principal finding: there is strong demand for short job-focused programs among students and employers. Educators on eight subject campuses said their offerings are meeting local labor market need but far from satisfying it, and if additional federal funding were available, more could be done to train workers for local jobs. [See, CIRT story on related legislative matters]. [RESOURCE re: "Workforce Pell" Grants]
March 28, 2019 - Get the 7-Minute Toolbox Talk Kit today and make sure your workers are trained in compliance with OSHA standards [RESOURCE]
March 6, 2019 - OSHA Rolls-out “Safe + Sound” 2019 Effort [RESOURCE]
“Safe + Sound,” OSHA's year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program, includes both employers and workers. Employers are encouraged to participate in quarterly events to develop effective safety and health programs in their workplaces. Participants can learn about best practices during webinars and put them into action during the 30-day challenges. These events also focus on management leadership, worker involvement, as well as finding and fixing hazards. CIRT member firms can share their safety successes during Safe + Sound Week (August 12-18, 2019). If interested, sign up on the Safe + Sound website.
July 20, 2018 - DOL Announces Funding Opportunity for Apprenticeship Expansion
June 10, 2018 - Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor in support of the final report from the Department of Labor Task Force on Expanding Apprenticeship
May 15, 2018 - TASK FORCE ON APPRENTICESHIP EXPANSION: Final Report to The President of the United States
May 2, 2018 - Associated Builders and Contractors presentation on Workforce Development, Apprenticeship & Training (presented by Greg Sizemore)
The Louisiana Workforce Education Initiative (LWEI) is a tax-deductible 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to provide a comprehensive public messaging campaign and communications support necessary to change outdated public perceptions surrounding education and workforce needs in Louisiana. LWEI is leveraging the insights of industry, business, government, and the educational community to effectively reach our high school students, young adults, and their families – demonstrating for them the many viable paths to career success available in Louisiana today.
CIRT Presentation: Awareness of Skilled Crafts Careers Among High School Students Interested in ACE
NCCER BUILD YOUR FUTURE Initiative - Build Your Future seeks to be the catalyst for recruiting the next generation of craft professionals.