Unions within the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO are looking to extend training opportunities for Native Americans on tribal lands nationwide through a new partnership with the Council for Tribal Employment Rights. The Building Trades announced on Sept. 30 the creation of the Native Construction Careers Institute, which aims to provide career training and placement opportunities for Native Americans in construction trades. Although many unions currently have outreach programs to recruit Native Americans, NCCI will offer training on Indian lands. Training ranges from basic health and safety to bidding and estimating skills. Joining a union would not
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.