Join us on Thursday, October 27, 2022 as we attend the Symposium: Solving the Workforce Development Puzzle, hosted by the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI) and the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence.
The missions of The Campaign for Historic Trades and MCCEI closely align with each other. Founded in 2009 by construction industry leaders in Maryland, the MCCEI is a nonprofit workforce intermediary committed to making careers in the built environment attractive and accessible to all. MCCEI’s core purpose is to inspire, educate, and connect a diverse population to careers in the built environment. The MCCEI has a helpful and interactive website, where people can explore career and training opportunities in the state of Maryland. MCCEI also administers a scholarship program to individuals currently enrolled or planning to enroll in built environment-related coursework for the upcoming school year. This year, they also piloted the MCCEI Internship Program to connect students with paid internship opportunities, providing placement services with employers and structured mentorship components for the interns.
MCCEI also guides the future of the industry by providing education and promoting innovation, working with stakeholders to find solutions—such as this Symposium. The construction industry has been struggling to meet workforce demands for over a decade, and since the pandemic, it has only gotten worse. At the Symposium, experts in the field will discuss how they attract and retain talent, and participants will engage in networking and roundtable discussions.
The symposium will be followed by MCCEI’s annual Pathway Awards, which recognize people making a difference in Maryland’s built environment. The Campaign has nominated a candidate, and we’re excited to see if they win an award!
For Maryland’s construction workforce, MCCEI serves a vital role as the workforce intermediary. This has been an invaluable connection for The Campaign’s efforts in the state of Maryland, and we’ve identified other states organizations working towards cohesive solutions. Unfortunately, not all states have this type of organization. This type of collaborative effort is needed to help solve the skilled labor shortage and makes a significant difference in making substantial impact. We hope other Maryland-based representatives can join us at October’s symposium and work towards cohesive solutions.