When Mayor Tom Barrett named Earl Buford President and CEO of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) last June, he spoke about utilizing Buford’s leadership and experience at a critical time for workforce development efforts in Milwaukee. “It’s my expectation Earl will continue to lead the organization in the positive direction that Don [Sykes, previous MAWIB President] has initiated,” Barrett said in a statement.
The shortage of skilled workers in the construction trades has been well-documented over the last few years. Between the recession, and large-scale retirement of baby boomers, our workforce has taken a big hit. The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), a membership organization that provides a national and international forum for the exchange of information, views, practices and policies of construction users from various industries, estimates that “17 percent of the construction workforce will retire in the next decade, representing an attrition of about 800,000 skilled workers” nationally. That is a harsh reality that our industry will be facing, and it is now more important than ever to promote the great work that we’re doing, and the incredible career opportunities available.
On Friday, March 20th, the Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee held their 41st annual Apprenticeship Banquet celebration honoring their 2015 graduates. The banquet, which was sponsored by the Milwaukee Area 558 Apprenticeship Committee, recognized graduating apprentices Guadalupe Lezama, of Elastizell of Wisconsin, Inc., and Charles Hardy, who is working for Middleton Construction, Inc.