The challenges and misconceptions that hold women back from pursuing careers in AEC and technology are compounded when it comes to construction tech.
ABC NH/VT was honored to host a celebration on June 2 recognizing the accomplishments of graduates and participants from the chapter's education and Safety Awards programs. "It’s great to see so many of our members invest in their workforce and be committed to creating a safety culture of excellence," said Joshua Reap, ABC NH/VT president.
The challenge of finding employees is real across all aspects of the economy, but is particularly severe for the construction industry, which has seen continued significant growth from low interest rates, stimulus monies, increasing real estate values and pandemic inspired projects. The challenge of finding employees, let alone skilled employees, is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Construction companies need to adapt to this new normal and offer what employees what they truly want.
ABC NH/VT members – Consider running for office! There is always room for a smart, accomplished and principled member of the construction industry to serve in Concord.
After nearly two years of managing the workplace through the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, employers are being impacted by another significant challenge: the “Great Resignation,” which is the recent trend of workers voluntarily resigning from their jobs en masse beginning in 2021 and continuing today. Employers across a number of industries, including construction, are facing the pressure of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and integrating job candidates in record speed to fill vacancies and meet the operational needs of the business.
Gary Clevenger, vice president-risk control at CNA, shares his insight on how to build a well-trained, connected workforce in order to promote a culture of safety and reduce the risk of injury.
Is your company looking for opportunities to connect with students interested in entering the trades? Browse this list of upcoming career fairs.
Associated Builders and Contractors member contractors invested $1.6 billion to provide more than 1.3 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education in 2021.
ABC has studied how to improve construction jobsite safety through STEP since 1989. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on key components and criteria for best practices through a detailed questionnaire, with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incident rates.
President Joe Biden’s visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout the benefits of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will be celebrated by construction union bosses who stand to gain from controversial Biden administration policies. These overreaching policies will cost taxpayers a fortune while undermining critical taxpayer investments in America’s infrastructure.
President Joe Biden’s visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout the benefits of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will be celebrated by construction union bosses who stand to gain from controversial Biden administration policies. Yet these overreaching policies are and will cost taxpayers a fortune while undermining critical taxpayer investments in America’s infrastructure.
In January, Gov. Phil Scott highlighted making historic investments to grow and strengthen the workforce and give young people more career development opportunities. This includes adding $1 million to the state’s internship program and $1 million to Vermont Student Assistance Corporation’s Advancement Grants, which help adults enroll in programs without a college degree; and investing $2.7 million to improve how to connect employers with career and technical education students seeking meaningful employment opportunities.
Last month, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring project labor agreements on federal construction projects over $35 million. The White House claimed that the order will help ease management concerns and organization on large construction projects. ABC sent a letter to the White House highlighting concerns with President Biden’s efforts to require controversial government-mandated project labor agreements on federal and federally assisted construction contracts.
ABC NH/VT members Cianbro and Landry/French Construction were honored with 2021 National Safety Excellence Awards for their remarkable achievements in leadership, safety and innovation.
ABC NH/VT member company Methuen Construction Co. Inc. won a national Excellence in Construction® award for their work on the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade in Portsmouth, NH.
Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT today announced 5 member companies were named to Associated Builders and Contractors’ 2022 Top Performers list, which ranks its commercial and industrial contractor members that build long-lasting, high-quality construction projects, based on work hours. The top performers are CIANBRO, DECCO, Inc., EMCOR Services New England Mechanical, Landry/French Construction Company and Structural Associates, Inc.
This year’s Women in Construction Week (WIC) will be observed March 6-12, 2022. How will you recognize the women in your company and our industry this year? We have a few ideas to share with you!
In today's digital world, most job hunts start with a Google search. Candidates search for open positions and what appears at the top of the results page is determined using their location and Google's search algorithms. If you want to lead potential candidates to your website, there are a few things you can do to try to push your page to the top of the search results.
The ABC NH/VT inaugural Safety Symposium, presented by Milwaukee Tools, will be held Thursday, February 10. The Safety Symposium will bring together industry professionals and members to discuss the many safety programs ABC NH/VT has to offer its members and other ways to improve safety culture.
Hybrid or remote work in construction is here to stay, as cutting-edge tech capabilities are enabling contractors to manage jobsites digitally in tandem with in-person construction.
We are extremely disappointed that the 6th Circuit lifted the 5th Circuit’s stay of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees. Since the news broke late last week, multiple emergency appeals have already been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
It’s not uncommon for people to envision construction as a building jobsite and the trades, however there are many other roles within a construction company that are just as important; roles you don’t see when you’re driving by a construction site. Hear from three professionals who have found their careers working behind the scenes in construction companies.
Associated Builders and Contractors today applauded a federal court for granting a nationwide preliminary injunction order against the federal contractor vaccine mandate. The ruling came from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
Despite advances in awareness, prevention, intervention and treatment, talking about mental health conditions and suicide prevention is a difficult topic among construction workers.
If you are an HR professional, then you are in the business of managing all matters related to employees. Our Employment Law Management Series is a great program for HR professionals!
Workforce development is one of the biggest challenges facing residential and commercial construction companies. A new Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship will help address a shortage of carpenters in the state.
The New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) represents hundreds of merit shop construction contractors and industry-affiliated firms that are committed to workforce development, safety training, and promoting fair and open competition. On behalf of the ABC, I write regarding the proposed amendments to Burlington’s “Prequalification of Construction Contractors-Responsible Contractors” ordinance.
Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire/Vermont (ABC NH/VT) is pleased to announce that it has hired Bryan Kent as regional director for the state of Vermont.
The construction industry is ripe for AI applications and automation of complex processes. With more and more engineering and construction companies incorporating drone programs, the data needed for 100% coverage of the construction site in all three dimensions is already there. The only question is: Will project owners and general contractors continue to use inadequate site analytics products, or will they embrace new technologies that aid in streamlining processes, minimizing mistakes, ensuring compliance and saving money?
Years spent building a business could be gone in a flash from one unfortunate failure to look carefully at what is necessary. Don’t take shortcuts in a tight labor market. Although many projects are done on a strict schedule, proof of insurance is one area contractors do not want to skimp on. There are simply too many instances when “getting around to it” happens too late (or never happens at all) and then, inevitably, it is too late.
ABC celebrated the EiC award recipients and announced Methuen Construction as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Chairman Award for their outstanding work on the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade in Portsmouth, NH.
George Boudreau was a senior at Salem High School carpentry program (formerly the building trades program). With graduation not far off, he knew that he wanted to be in the construction industry. His family encouraged him to pursue plumbing, but he needed hands-on experience. With the help of his school's work based learning coordinator and I Build NH, he is now happily working with Legacy Mechanical Services.
October is Careers in Construction month and a great time to look at career options. With a variety of opportunities for people with all backgrounds and education levels, the construction industry allows for zero barriers to entry, infinite opportunities for growth and competitive salaries.
Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire and Vermont (ABC NH/VT) is pleased to announce this year’s Excellence in Construction (EiC) Award winners. The EIC awards program is the construction industry’s leading competition that honors general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe and innovative construction projects.
According to a DOL news release, the increase is a result of the DOL’s 2014 final rule, which implemented Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, and raised the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers on covered federal contracts to $10.10 with annual increases thereafter.
The complex problem of suicide affects the entire country, though some industries such as construction are disproportionally impacted. Our industry can build a bridge to offer hope and encourage help-seeking across the nation. Read this Construction Executive article for more on this topic.
Jennifer Landon, vice president of education and workforce development at the Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT (ABC NH/VT), was sworn in as vice president of the Granite State Chapter of National Women in Construction (NAWIC) for the 2021-2022 term at their 46th Annual Meeting held in September.
Associated Builders and Contractors September 2021 update on NH and VT Business Relief Programs.
Partnering with Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT, NHPBS and I Build NH created a series of instructional videos launched this month that will tell the story of the trades through the voice of local tradespeople.
Many women are hesitant to join the construction industry because of a lack of education, training and apprenticeship opportunities. However, this is rapidly changing as an increasing number of industry trade groups and nonprofit organizations develop attainable pathways to entry-level construction jobs.
New Hampshire business leaders fear that the PRO Act will cause irreparable damage to the state’s economy by harming small and local business as they attempt to navigate a fragile economic recovery. They also say the PRO Act would force employers to hand over private employee information to union organizers and subject them to unwanted harassment at their homes.
For a generation there’s been talk about the craft worker shortage because fewer and fewer people choose to enter the trades. What was once a concern for dwindling career interest is now a crisis because the average age of today’s skilled tradesperson is 52 years old and only growing grayer.
It is with deep sadness that we share that Mark Stebbins, Chairman and CEO of PROCON, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on June 17, 2021.
The Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT hosted a graduation BBQ on Thursday, June 10 to celebrate the 2021 Construction Safety Awards recipients and graduates of the Future Leaders in Construction and Construction Supervision Certificate programs.
New Hampshire’s first ever Construction Virtual Career Fair was held last week in response to the continued industry growth and workforce demands in construction and the building trades. The event was offered in partnership between Associated Builders & Contractors of NH/VT, I Build NH, and New Hampshire Employment Security.
The Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT, in partnership with law firm Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson has expanded their Basic Construction Law program to allow greater flexibility for interested individuals.
Manchester Grows is a 100% volunteer run, community program. They coordinate volunteers at five community gardens in the Manchester, NH area as well as a production garden for the NH Food Bank providing nutritional, locally sourced healthy foods for anyone in the community. The operation also helps provide delicious fruits and vegetables for local restaurants.
I Build NH, Associated Builders & Contractors of NH/VT, and New Hampshire Employment Security are teaming up to offer the first ever virtual construction job fair on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.