Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the nonprofit Construction Career Collaborative (C3) to strengthen the skilled craft workforce in the Greater Houston region.
C3 is a nonprofit alliance of owners, general contractors, specialty contractors, construction industry trade organizations and design professionals dedicated to the craft workforce in the Houston region.
“Texas Mutual is proud to partner with C3 in working to ensure a safe, skilled and sustainable craft workforce in the Houston area, aligning with Texas Mutual’s mission of building a stronger, safer Texas,” said Eric Bourquin, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual. “As the communities and economy in Houston continue to grow, it’s important to provide opportunities for training to build a safe workforce.”
The grant will fund several C3 efforts, including the accredited employer scholarship program, which works to identify small businesses and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) businesses in construction. It will also fund scholarships to new and existing C3 accredited employers for training classes that cover OSHA safety, craft skills, jobsite leadership, crew leadership and more.
The grant will also help fund an annual C3 construction career fair with C3 accredited employers. Additionally, the nonprofit will work with local Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs to coordinate “signing days,” similar to college signing days, for students who commit to joining a commercial construction company before graduation.
“We’re honored to partner with and have the support of Texas Mutual to provide new career opportunities for future construction craft workers in the Houston region,” said Chuck Gremillion, C3 executive director. “We’re excited to work together to implement programs to achieve a safe, educated and sustainable craft trade workforce that can take advantage of the abundant opportunities for careers in the construction industry.”
To learn more about C3 and the scholarships available under the grant, please visit ConstructionCareerCollaborative.org.
Source: Texas Mutual