As the construction labor shortage continues, Swinerton brings solutions. One shining example this week: Swinerton is heavily involved in the 2019 CEFGA (Construction Education Foundation of Georgia) CareerExpo and SkillsUSA State Championships. This event runs Thursday and Friday, March 21 and 22, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.
The event links students directly to professionals in the areas of construction, utility contracting, highway contracting, electrical contracting, mechanical contracting, energy, mining and more. Plans include hands-on displays that allow students to engage with industry leaders, equipment and materials in order to tap into their skills and interests. The event also features the SkillsUSA State Championships, a competition that invites students to showcase their skills in a number of construction-related disciplines.
With the event’s focus on workforce development amid the ongoing workforce shortage, Swinerton is proud of its involvement, as this is one way the company can help address critical issues in the construction industry. In addition to sponsoring the event, Swinerton helped plan the event overall as well as the World of Safety feature – the company serves on the event committee and World of Safety committee. The World of Safety is an area in the expo that provides essential industry safety information to attendees.
This event has grown through the years, drawing a record 8,200+ attendees in 2018. Last year, here is how the attendees broke down:
- 5,534 Students
- 1,158 Influencers (Teachers, Parents, Counselors and School Administrators)
- 1,554 Industry Volunteers, Exhibitors and Other Guests
CEFGA summarizes the big-picture benefits of the event: “With Georgia ranking as the leading state in which to do business for five years running, job opportunities continue to grow, as does the need for a skilled construction workforce. And with so many students and influencers gathered in one location for the CareerExpo, employers recognize the event as a valuable investment toward meeting that need.”
Swinerton is excited to attend and help build the construction workforce of tomorrow!