In a special three-part series in the Milwaukee business journal AGC of Greater Milwaukee president and other construction professionals detail strategies on recruiting and building the construction work force.
Workforce diversity is a focal point in the series and, with the guidance of AGC, recruiting more minorities is a priority for the construction industry’s Building Industry Group Skilled Trades Employment Program (BIG STEP). The opportunities in Racine with the Foxconn project has spurred BIG STEP to expand to Racine County and open training centers at Gateway Technical College’s Racine Campus. The program is focused on the recruitment and development of African Americans, Latinos and women. According to Mark Kessenich, President and CEO of BIG STEP “we want to make sure the programs in place, the systems in place, are actively seeking to bring new folks into the industry who haven’t had the opportunity, or didn’t think they had the opportunity”.
The Foxconn project is not only exciting because of the jobs it will initially create with the building of its facilities but in all the projects that follow. Mike Fabisak, discusses further, “Foxconn serves as the initiating development, but when you think about what will come as some of the consequential building – the vendors, the infrastructure, retail, possibly residential – I think this transforms the whole area”
Read the three-part special report here.
Learn more about the Foxconn project here.
Learn more about WRTP BIG STEP here.