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NH SPI launches Construction Sector Partnership

By Amanda Savage | August 29, 2018
New Hampshire Construction Career Days photo

Industry leaders work together to promote careers in construction on September 27 at New Hampshire Construction Career Days

Concord, NH – Construction industry leaders from across New Hampshire will announce the launch of the Construction Sector Partnership (CSP) at New Hampshire Construction Career Days on September 27 in New Boston. CSP, co-led by Wayne Symonds, executive vice president at Methuen Construction Company based in Plaistow, and Alex Phelps, vice president of construction at Pike Industries based in Belmont, is focused on promoting careers in construction.

The fifth initiative launched by Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI), the construction sector is comprised of companies involved in heavy construction like municipal water treatment systems and road building, electric and telecommunication infrastructure, civil engineering, heating/ventilation/air conditioning businesses and more. Occupations in the sector include equipment operators, carpenters, welders, civil engineers, safety professionals, surveyors, plumbers, and many others. Symonds and Phelps guide the efforts of a Construction Sector Partnership advisory group made up of industry champions. This group of experienced construction industry experts works with workforce development professionals, the education community, local economic development professionals and others to help highlight outstanding career opportunities in the sector.

Demographic trends and the competitive hiring landscape have prompted new ways to approach statewide workforce development within major industries. New Hampshire’s construction sector represented about 32,000 jobs in 2017, with a projected 3 percent increase between 2018 and 2022. Since 2013, the state’s construction sector grew by 10 percent, and the current median age of construction industry employees is 42 years old, making it the third-oldest state in the country. About 22 percent of people working in this industry are age 55 or older and are expected to retire within the next 10 years, promising to create an extremely competitive recruiting landscape. In 2016 alone, the Granite State’s roughly 4,500 construction-related companies posted 1,625 job openings, illustrating how competitive the sector’s hiring market is already.

“As we have seen with the other NH SPI sectors, an industry-led sector partnership can bring together critical stakeholders to develop and implement a coordinated strategy to significantly expand and enhance the talent pipeline for the construction industry, as well as address other critical challenges,” said Co-Chair Wayne Symonds of Methuen Construction. “Statewide sector partnerships will build upon the many assets, strong programs, and existing local and regional partnerships already in place while potentially expanding them to include new approaches and outreach to new groups of workers,” added Co-Chair Phelps of Pike. Most entry-level positions in the construction sector do not require significant postsecondary training, but does require specialized on-the-job experience or apprenticeship.

New Hampshire Construction Career Days

New Hampshire Construction Career Days will take place on September 27 in New Boston, NH.

More than 1,900 high school students from 54 middle and high schools will attend 10th annual NH Construction Career Days, which is intended to bring students together with construction and transportation industries to explore career options through hands-on activities. It takes place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on September 27 and 28 at 4-H Grounds, Hillsborough County Youth Center Foundation at 15 Hilldale Lane in New Boston.

At 1:00 pm n Thursday, September 27, the Construction Sector Partnership will formally launch in the Charles Buck Barn on the 4-H Grounds. Businesses attending will have the opportunity to connect with building trade programs and resources developed to promote and train the next generation of construction workers. Governor Chris Sununu has been invited to celebrate the launch of the construction sector and share remarks with attendees.

The CSP is part of a new industry-driven, state-wide effort to help New Hampshire businesses in targeted industries address workforce needs. Funded with support from the federal and state resources,

To participate in the CSP launch during the 10th annual NH Construction Career Days, or to learn about how to get your company involved with NH SPI, contact Amada Savage at 603-224-5388, ext. 102, asavage@biaofnh.com or visit the construction industry page of the NH SPI website.

About the NH Sector Partnerships Initiative

The Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is a new industry-driven state-wide effort to help New Hampshire businesses in targeted industries address workforce needs. Focusing on five core industries – construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and technology – SPI assists companies in finding funding and training resources that provide employees with improved skills and career advancement opportunities. SPI also helps companies create a network to convene and collaborate with other companies on a regular basis to identify shared hiring, training and retention needs.