Workforce Development

The critical workforce shortage our industry predicted some time ago is happening now, and AGC Georgia has taken the lead to address this issue.  With the economy improving and the number of new projects increasing, AGC Georgia’s member firms are looking to us to help them fill immediate and future job openings.

As a result of this important member and industry need, workforce development is a primary focus area for our association at both the state and national level.  AGC Georgia embraces AGC of America’s viewpoint on “workforce development” as a broad umbrella encompassing two primary areas: 
  1. initiatives that encourage, educate and expose students in elementary, middle or high school to the multitude of career opportunities in construction, and
  2. initiatives that help prepare young people for their first jobs in the industry, either through craft training, technical school training, apprenticeship programs, or two and four-year college programs.

State Announces Trade Five, A Skilled Trade Education Program

On March 24, 2017, the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Workforce Division announced the launch of a new brand for Georgia's skilled trade education initiative Trade Five, formerly known as Go Build Georgia.

"Trade Five, Skills for Higher Earning" was announced during the Champions Breakfast at the annual Skills USA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference/CareerExpo held at the Georgia International Convention Center.

This initiative, launched in 2012 by Governor Deal, is designed to dispel the misconceptions that jobs within the skilled trades are "dirty" and unattractive, but rather promote the lucrative, lasting career opportunities that exist within these key industries across the state.

To learn more about the initiative and to find out more about the Trade Five Grant and Scholarship, visit

Key Principles for a Sustainable Construction Workforce

AGC Georgia will coordinate with other construction industry employers to work together with all the state government groups, including the Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia, to continue to move these principles forward.
  • Work toward having a coordinated statewide strategy
  • Increase overall state funding to support Career, Technical & Agricultural Education initiatives
  • Provide the highest Quality Training and Education
  • Consistency of the graduates regardless of institution
  • Align skills training with the job opportunities
  • Support Work-Based Learning with employment opportunities
  • Increase number of students directly transitioning from high school to the technical colleges

Good Workforce Development is Good Economic Development


AGC Georgia Workforce Development Update
January 2018

In this issue

  • Skills Challenge Recap
  • In the Classroom
  • Statewide Initiatives

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