Next Construction Sector Partnership Meeting

When: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 9:00AM
RSVP: Please let us know if you plan to attend. Click Here
Palmer & Sicard,
89 Holland Way, Exeter, NH or via Zoom
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Meeting ID: 837 9105 8434
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Meeting Notes: June 15, 2021

The May 2021 I Build NH, Construction Partnership meeting was held in person at the EnviroVantage Training Facility in Northwood, NH.  Mark Hodsdon of Palmer & Sicard, Construction Industry Champion, opened the meeting with a welcome.

Industry Updates:

I Build NH is looking for Youtube videos of New Hampshire construction projects and safety issues to create a library of resources. We’d like to share these with individuals exploring the construction trades. YouTube links can be sent to Jennifer Landon and we will add them to the I Build NH playlist.

Matt Mayberry, the new President of NH Home Builders Association (NHHBA) introduced himself. The Construction Partnership is excited to welcome Matt and the members of NHHBA to the I Build NH brand. Matt announced that NHHBA will be hosting a job fair for any employer in the construction industry. The tentative date is 7/13. Details are still in development. Click here for updates.

Scott Knightly and Bradford Chabot of EnviroVantage gave attendees a tour of their new training facility in Northwood, NH.They look forward to opening it up to industry partners for training and education programs. The property offers:

  • 130 person classroom with large projections screen
  • 2-24 person classrooms with 70 inch monitors
  • Hands-on indoor training area with garage door with 70 inch monitor
  • Office area with check in window with copy machine
  • WIFI
  • Cafeteria area
  • ADA bathrooms, and all one level training rooms
  • Plenty of parking
  • Paved area and dirt area for equipment training
  • 10 acres for expansion
  • Expandable additional 5,000 sqft for interior hands on training.
  • Fork lift for material moving
  • Complete A/C and radiant floor

There is a new platform to help connect industry and education. It’s called “awâto” and it’s free. There are many ways to engage with our K-12 population, as well as with SNHU for their Construction Management program (i.e. class presentations, job fairs, internships…) To learn how to list your company and determine the ways in which you’d like to start building your workforce pipeline, contact Colton Briggs, Work-based Learning Consultant at AWATO | 603.783.1341

Education/Training Opportunities 

Check out upcoming construction industry-related programs:


New England Roundtable Online Series by OSHA Region 1 

National Safety Council of Northern New England

Industry Networking Opportunity

ABC’s Young Professional Group is hosting a Pints and Pipe Dreams networking event July 15, 2021. Click here to register. Let’s support our young professionals!

ABC NH/VT is hosting their annual Seacoast Harbor Cruise on Thursday, August 19th. Click here to register.

Apprenticeship Updates:

Anne Banks of ApprenticeshipNH provided an update on the Carpenter Apprenticeship program. There are tentative plans in the works to create a NHHBA and ABC NH/VT consortium. Matt Mayberry & Jennifer Landon are meeting with NH DOL and ApprenticeshipNH this month.  More on this at our August 11 meeting!

Scott Knightly and Brad Chabot of EnviroVantage  spoke about their first-in-the-nation Hazardous Waste Technician Registered Apprenticeship program they launched in partnership with Great Bay Community College.

Education Updates: 

The NH Coalition for Business & Education has adopted an education-driven economic development system, Ed2©. Fred Bramante, of the National Center for Competency Based Learning spoke of the new vision for high schools in NH: “By 2025, virtually every NH high school student will earn, or be on a personalized path to earning a post-secondary or career-related credential.”

This is a joint vision of NH Coalition for Business & Education and the NH School Administrators Association and is endorsed by the State Board of Education.

The Workforce to Learn Development Program grant was developed through funding from NH Charitable Foundation, Career Pathways Partnership Grant. Holly Londo, MS-Extended Learning Coordinator  at Raymond High School is developing industry partnerships to get her high school students hired. The grant can pay for students’ clothing needs, tools and transportation as needed. Contact 603-895-6616 x 2310

Ideas are needed for hands-on activities to offer on the CTE MAP’s RV. Contact:

Build Your Future has updated their website. Check out all the new resources!

Manchester Community College Summer Camps

MCC & Gear Up (a Manchester School District Program)  are seeking employers to hold hands-on activities that will expose high school sophomores to careers in construction:

“Hard Hats On” summer camp

July 8th and July 29th

Noon – 2:30 pm

10-15 students each day

Contact: Kristine Dudley, MCC Workforce Development (603) 206-8161

Manchester School of Technology Summer Camp

MST is offering a free summer camp targeting 8th graders that will help familiarize students with MST’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

July 26 – 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Application & Health Form Deadline: June 22, 2021

NH Employment Program

Lisa Bowers, Job Developer, works with people who are receiving TANF benefits, helping with career job search. The Workplace Success program offers on-the-job training funds, 50% of the training wages, up to $5,500 reimbursement for hiring one of their clients. Click here to learn more.

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