New Hampshire’s Construction Sector Learns the Benefits of SPI
On Thursday, April 19, New Hampshire’s construction sector gained crucial information about workforce strategies and resources available at no cost to New Hampshire businesses.
Representatives from the Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) presented to the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire and Vermont to explain SPI’s role in solving workforce challenges.
SPI construction sector advisor, Amanda Savage, and SPI sector project director, Phil Przybyszewski, discussed how SPI is designed to improve the retention of existing employees and attract new ones while leveraging local workforce development and employee training resources such as the NH Job Training Fund, ApprenticeshipNH, training programs at local community colleges, and the newly-announced Incumbent Worker Training Program.
“The leaders of companies represented at a recent meeting of Associated Builders and Contractors learned of the many resources available to help train and retrain today’s workforce and the great work being done by the Sector Partnerships Initiative in the construction sector,” said Joshua Reap, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire and Vermont. “Through SPI, contractors and industry partners will develop real solutions to address the long-term workforce shortage here in New Hampshire.”
The April 19 presentation took place at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock and had an audience from more than 50 companies.
Here are some of the companies present at discussion:
- North Branch Construction – Concord, NH
- DECCO – Brookline, MA
- PROCON – Hooksett, NH
- Palmer & Sicard – Exeter, NH
- Denron Plumbing & HVAC – Manchester, NH
- Royal Electric – Haverhill, MA
- Riess Construction – Plymouth, NH
- Knott’s Land Care, LLC – Amherst, NH
SPI Construction Sector Co-chair Wayne Symonds of Methuen Construction in Plaistow, was also in attendance and stressed the need for companies to get involved in SPI as well as their local middle and high schools in order to promote careers in the industry. Working with students in K-12 corresponds directly towards the fundamental goals of SPI: to help companies create programs to develop the next generation of workers. SPI works to identify shared workforce challenges and create programs to train students and workers in a way that sustainably fills the workforce pipeline.
“It was great to hear about all the wonderful work that SPI is doing in the construction sector,” said Doug Knott, president and owner of Knott’s Land Care, LLC. “As a landscape company, we find it challenging to find skilled workers, so we were excited to hear about the activity and look forward to working together to seek potential solutions to the challenges we face in finding and developing our workforce.”
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