There are an abundance of job opportunities in the Columbus area, thanks to the vast number of construction projects currently in progress or in the design stages. The Building Futures Program is working to fill these openings by training men and women with the entry-level skills needed to join a registered building trades apprenticeship program.
Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss their pre-apprenticeship programs, the American Jobs Plan and more.
Construction in Columbus
In Ohio, the economy is picking up as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. With the economy gaining steam, construction projects are back in full swing. Projects slowed or delayed by the pandemic are now busy.
Hager explained how there are great job opportunities for people in Columbus through the building trades. He discussed how the Building Futures Program helps students overcome employment barriers and teaches them the skills needed to succeed in a registered building trades apprenticeship program, which then puts them on the pathway to the middle class.
In the midst of a building boom, the Building Futures program is providing much-needed workers to an industry in need of skilled workers.
American Jobs Plan
The American Jobs Plan is a sweeping piece of legislation that is attempting to redefine the definition of infrastructure. Not only does it contain plans to fund traditional infrastructure projects across the country, but it is designed to create good paying jobs.
Hager explained how legislators are discussing what will be included under the umbrella term of “infrastructure.” Traditionally, infrastructure includes roads, bridges, waterlines and sewers, but there is conversation about how childcare, broadband, schools and more should be included in future infrastructure improvements.
Lastly, Hager spoke about the upcoming elections in the city of Columbus.