Wellesley, MA – Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) has released a new case study sharing the quantitative and qualitative data of the Building Advancement Externship (BAE) pilot program completed in August 2021.
The program was developed by the AGC MA Workforce Development Task Force and will resume in summer of 2022. The purpose of the program is to enrich both Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers and core academic teachers in the understanding of the various career paths in commercial construction and relate core competencies in the industry to skills illustrated by their students.
Through this program, AGC MA is leveraging the opportunity in developing lasting relationships with participating externs, which in turn will build awareness to the variety of commercial construction career paths available to their students. Through continued engagement AGC MA members will inform educators, parents, and students to the opportunities available for everyone through panel programs, site tours, career fairs, and job shadowing opportunities. The case study shares the numbers of active engagement between schools and AGC member firms, the alliances built and student impact, and educator recommendations and AGC MA workforce development next steps.
In tandem with this effort, AGC MA has redesigned the ConstructingMA.org website, a central resource on careers in commercial construction for educators, parents and students and the Future Builders: Insight & News newsletter offering real-world insight to educators about how their students can break into the industry and provide resources on the many ways students can engage with AGC MA member firms on realizing the opportunities of future employment.
AGC MA is working to build a workforce pipeline to expand access and create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industry. BAE application submissions will reopen in May of 2022.