Lead by construction and the hospitality sectors, Florida leads nation in job growth in March, increasing 22,900 jobs. North Carolina came in second. 37,000 construction jobs have been added over the past year. This growth is putting a severe strain on our industry finding qualified and skilled workers.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/18/4066931/florida-leads-nation-in-new-job.html#storylink=cpy
On March 26th the Tampa Bay YouthBuild program received a donation of construction supplies from CEMEX, a global building materials company. Students participating in the program were on hand to assist with unloading of mortar mix, concrete block, and concrete half block.
The materials will be used to construct the YouthBuild workshop located at the Sanderlin Center in St. Petersburg. The workshop is needed to support construction theory and worksite training. CEMEX produces, distributes, and sells cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and related building materials in more than 50 countries, and maintains trade relationships in approximately 102 nations.
Albert Petrie with CEMEX states, “The CEMEX way is to not only help further the education of today’s youth but to promote the use of masonry throughout the industry.”
CareerSource Pinellas thanks CEMEX for their investment into to the Tampa Bay YouthBuild program. To learn more about the program please contact Jeanette Stephens at (727) 465-4111, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you to everyone who made the “Castor for Congress” event on March 28, 2014 in Tampa a success. We had over 30 industry representatives and raised over $13K for her re-election campaign. In return she agreed to work harder on our National Check-off legislation to sign up more co-sponsors and on getting the bill moving in committee.
The following was reprinted from : ABC Legislative Update #2 - Tallahassee 2014
Masonry Education Legislation (SB 286 Richter/HB 147 Caldwell): Legislative Goal - Job Creation
One of the biggest issues currently facing the Commercial Construction industry in Florida is a skilled worker shortage. Identifying job opportunities within the industry, educating people on the benefits of working in construction and offering the necessary training continue to be one of the biggest hurdles out there. This legislation would allow for the creation of a statewide Concrete Masonry Education Council that can focus on the above efforts in a direct manner on behalf of this aspect of our industry. As the largest provider of apprenticeship training in the state, ABC strongly supports this legislation as it is a step towards building the skill set and worker volume we need in Florida in order for construction to be a successful and productive part of the Florida economy.
ABC of FL has forged a strong relationship with the Masonry Association of Florida to pass this bill. SB 286 and HB 147 are awaiting their last committee hearing before proceeding to the floor for a vote.
:: UPDATE :: CS/SB 286 is being heard on the Governmental Oversight & Accountability committee tomorrow, April 3, 2014 @ 9:00 AM. CS/SB 286 is 2nd on the agenda. You can watch the proceeding live here: http://www.flsenate.gov/