A recent study conducted by CalCIMA strongly validates the official classification of the combined construction and materials industry in California as a low risk, “essential industry” that should remain operational during the pandemic. With stringent safety measures already in place that meet or exceed CDC, state and local requirements, few industries are as well suited or as strongly committed to protecting the health and safety of workers and the public.
In support of the essential industry designation, the report, The Essential Role and Benefit of California’s Construction and Materials Industry During COVID-19, highlights the critical role and benefit of the industry during COVID-19, demonstrating its ability to work safely, efficiently and responsibly, while helping to accelerate the re-opening and economic recovery of local communities.
CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION BY THE NUMBERS
Driving on California roads that are deteriorated, congested, and that lack some desirable safety features costs California drivers a total of $61 billion each year. TRIP has calculated the cost to the average motorist in the state’s largest urban areas in the form of additional vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on rough roads, the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to congestion, and the financial cost of traffic crashes.
Founded in 1971, TRIP ® of Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues. TRIP is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction; labor unions; and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.
In fact, approximately 53 percent of all jobs in our labor market can be classified as “middle skill,” meaning they require training beyond high school but not a college degree. Even though middle-skill jobs dominate today's economy, only 43 percent of workers have the training they need to qualify for these positions—leaving many employers without a reliable worker pipeline.
POWERFUL PARTNERS: BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES
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Community and technical colleges often make the most sense as academic partners, given their historic mission of serving students of all backgrounds with a variety of objectives, including those who have been in the workforce for quite some time but need to update their skills, adults seeking access to basic skills instruction, and students aiming to obtain the credits they need to transfer to a four-year degree program.
Postsecondary institutions across the country are changing to accommodate the increased demand for skilled workers by offering more career-oriented programs and collaborating with employers to develop and finance high-quality curriculum.
Read the full report here from the National Skills Coalition, a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. Learn more here about the National Skill Coalition.