• Vivian Mandala

Filling the Gap in the training modules for Construction Training


According to Wikipedia, Career Development is the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and preferred evolving future.

In educational development, career development provides a person (often a student) focus for selecting a career or subject(s) to undertake in the future. Often educational institutions provide career counselors to assist students with their educational development.

In our work developing and teaching Construction Workforce Development classes and workshops, there are a few things we have noticed.

Over the past year we extended this service to our local Workforce Development partners due to the gap in knowledge and understanding of what actually happens on the jobsite and how information learned in the classroom impacts onsite behavior, skills and the ability to move up through the career pipeline within the construction industry.

Because our partners are varied, each of these trainings are developed independently and focuses around the existing program goals and their client base.

Through our Workforce Development modules, we explain the multiple career pathways in Construction along with the barriers to entry that many of the underserved populations face on their climb.

These barriers cannot be overstated and are usually brushed aside during other trainings. Access to basic resources are more readily available for youth, but can be daunting for an older individual. A common example are the host of variables that would stop a qualified 50 year old from gaining the computer, programming and develop skills that would move them from Skilled Labor to Foreman or, possibly up to Project Manager.

Not only do we break down the skills, like computer programming, but we also bring awareness to the students about what wall they are leaning their ladder on before they start climbing.

Construction is a skilled profession that has rungs, as do all other professions, where skill, dedication and experience should be rewarded with monetary rewards and job titles that acknowledge this status.

Giving students, regardless of age, a “long view” of where they are, where they are going and a few of the avenues to their destination, is one of our missions. Awareness and direction are powerful life tools that can be used in a variety of areas of life.

Ownership of where one is in on their career path and taking steps to move forward towards a goal builds confidence to tackle some of the harder aspects of life that our neighbors are facing.

If you are a non-profit or an educational organization that serves minority communities in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and portions of Manhattan, please contact us to discuss your student's needs.

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