Annual Hockey Fundraiser Raises Over $4,000 for Construction Workforce Development
The Associated General Contractors of Colorado’s (AGC/C) 2020 hockey tournament fundraiser has generated over $4,000 to support the Construction Education Foundation of Colorado (CEF Colorado) with its construction workforce development programs. AGC/C has hosted this hockey fundraiser continuously since 2018, as one of several ways for AGC/C members to raise awareness about the continued construction labor shortage.
During the August 21 tournament, AGC/C thanked all of the sponsors and participants for their continued support and dedication to construction workforce development. Adolfson & Peterson Construction served as the Zamboni sponsor, and the hockey teams were sponsored by the following AGC/C member firms:
- Brinkman Construction, Inc. (Finland)
- GH Phipps Construction Companies (Switzerland)
- LONG Building Technologies (Sweden)
- PCL Construction Services, Inc. (Germany)
- Swinerton Builders (Canada)
- Turner Construction Company (USA)
The proceeds from this hockey fundraiser will benefit CEF Colorado’s three main construction workforce training programs that include Careers in Construction, the High School Construction Connection and Construction Careers Now programs. Each program is working to fill the construction labor shortage with 1,200 students and 19 participating schools in the Careers in Construction program, 30 high schools and over 150 industry volunteers for the High School Construction Connection program, and 1,200 graduates and over 700 construction industry placements for the Construction Careers Now program.
Despite the obvious economic affects the pandemic has caused nationwide, the construction industry finds itself in a unique position, according to the AGC of America’s 2020 Workforce Survey conducted in August of 2020. The survey analysis concluded that although the pandemic has caused project slow-downs, “There is an opportunity, however, to recruit some of the newly unemployed workers from other sectors of the economy into the construction industry. Finding the right way to do this will make it easier for construction firms to find workers now, and to staff up once demand for construction resumes.” AGC/C continues to support construction workforce development through its CEF Colorado programs to ease the burden on its member firms to fill those much-needed positions.