A Construction Workforce Training Partnership Between the State of Wyoming, Industry, and University during COVID-19
Objective: To illustrate the development and implementation of a statewide construction workforce training program between the state, industry, and university during the COVID-19 pandemic. Background: Over the last 20 years, there has been a statewide construction workforce shortage, which not only creates an imbalance on the demands in this sector but impairs the profitability of Wyoming-based construction companies. Method: The team developed and implemented an online training platform, consisting of five modules, in support of training for construction companies and their workers across the state. Results: 149 successful learners received certificates of completion for the online training modules. The success of the training demonstrated that an online training platform like Zoom can be utilized to successfully train industry workers. Conclusion: The benefit of the training is to increase construction workforce competency of workers across the state in the attempt to also reduce high out-of-state hiring cost. Application: The success of the Fall 2020 training promoted the need for similar training in the spring of 2021 to ensure the expansion of a capable construction workforce across the state.
Adult and Continuing Education Commons, Construction Engineering and Management Commons, Online and Distance Education Commons