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Broad coalition promotes diversity in construction industry workforce

The Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Construction Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) initiative has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to increase the use of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) firms on major construction projects.

A new CDI video explores how this community endeavor got its start, what progress has been made and the impact it has had in Cleveland.

Click here or on the image to watch.

Meanwhile, the CDI has been working to ensure that there’s a strong pipeline of female, minority and local qualified workers through pre-apprenticeship training for various job opportunities identified via the Commission’s Demand Study for Construction Employees.

CDI connects high-demand jobs in the construction sector with training programs designed to meet those demands. Over the last 2 1/2 years, it has launched seven adult pre-apprenticeship training (PAT) cohorts.

During this time, 88 students have enrolled in PAT, with 69, or 78 percent of enrollees completing the two to three-month course. Of the students who completed the course, 62 percent have been placed in construction jobs, while 25 percent chose another career path.

CDI is currently working with Cuyahoga Community College, which recently obtained Department of Education approval to offer eligible students Pell grants to cover the tuition and fees associated with the PAT and community referral agencies to review procedures for completing the FAFSA, as well as financial aid applications, as part of the PAT process.