Workforce Development Conference (9.29.2022)

Bryant Black

Director, Workforce Development
Greater Houston Partnership

Hello Friend,

If you are anything like me, you have most likely seen, read, or heard about how COVID has changed the workforce, changed the way we work, and modified employees’ expectations of employers. The reality is that in the construction industry, we were already amid a workforce shift and COVID simply accelerated it.
When Construction Career Collaborative (C3) was formed more than 10 years ago, there was already a strain on talent in the Houston Commercial Construction Industry, and we knew something had to change. As you may know, C3 was the brainchild of multiple construction leaders collaborating to shift this industry back to a more desirable one for up-and-coming talent. We were born out of an industry need, hence our last name ‘Collaborative’. Since our formation, we’ve worked to identify and provide the Houston Commercial Construction Industry with programs and services that will help elevate the craftsman and elevate the desire of the next generation to enter the trades.

If you are receiving this newsletter, that leads me to assume 3 things about you:

  •  One – you are a part of the Houston Commercial Construction Industry
  • Two – you have already interacted with us in some way in the past ten-plus years, so you know we are passionate about elevating this industry in the talent marketplace
  • Three – you believe that elevating your organization’s workforce practices is key to positively impacting your talent pipeline

I very much hope that all assumptions are correct! If they are, you are exactly whom I look forward to meeting at the Houston Commercial Construction Workforce Development Conference on September 29th. That’s right, you don’t have to go far to learn what your peers are doing to help elevate the workforce in our industry and network with them to dive deeper. Plus who doesn’t love a conference followed by networkin

There is an old proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” One consistent practice that I have found to be true in my life, is that I have gone so much further when I collaborate, ask questions, and explore new ideas.

We need more of the next generation to become curious and interested in what we are building, literally and figuratively. And just as our name indicates, we must collaborate to positively impact the industry workforce challenges, so, we are excited to present this conference in conjunction with AGC Houston. Together, we are creating a space for you to explore best practices and network with your peers to find better solutions.

I look forward to connecting with you at the Conference! If you want to meet before then to discuss how you can sponsor or get involved, drop me a line at [email protected].

Reba Taville
Your Learning &Development Business Partner

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