Construction Industry Partnership


Construction Industry Partnership

The construction industry in Cincinnati is investing in comprehensive workforce initiatives that reach out to kids as early as middle school through adults in order to address the construction industry’s future workforce needs, and to spread the word that construction jobs are inclusive, green, and technologically driven. We are developing the entire career pathway for the industry, not just the traditional entry points. We know there will be good jobs with strong potential for advancement available in the near and long-term future, and we want diverse and well-trained candidates ready to take advantage of those opportunities. Since 2009, this work has been driven by the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board along with Allied Construction Industries, the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network and the Spirirt of Construction Foundation.


Middle School Construction Outreach

Studies show that students who don’t engage with careers or continuing education by age 15 begin to turn off to learning. With support from the Spirit of Construction Foundation, over 2,000 Cincinnati area middle school students have participated in programs designed to spark their interest in construction careers.  Outreach initiatives such as Afterschool Construction Clubs, summer Construction CampsRosie’s Girls, and events like Construction Career Days rasise awareness of the breadth, depth and appeal of construction careers, and emphasize the skills and education needed to succeed. Visit to learn more.

Adult Construction Career Pathways

Adult career pathways have been created for occupations where near-future growth is expected, with pre-apprenticeship training as a key first step.  To meet employer needs, regional training programs are preparing individuals, especially women and minorities, with the skills and expectations to enter an apprenticeship or obtain employment in the industry.  Efforts are also underway to improve the retention of apprentices through coaching support and improvements to pre-apprenticeship programming. More than 250 people have been trained through pre-apprenticeship since 2010. To learn more, contact Debby Combs, Director, Industry Partnerships, Partners for a Competitive Workforce. 


  • Reached more than 2,000 middle school and 3,250 high school students through construction outreach initiatives. 
  • Since 2010, served more than 600 individuals with pre-apprenticeship training, career counseling, and retention support, with 91% completing training and earning nearly 600 credentials, and 81% obtaining employment.
  • Through the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s WANTO program (Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations), served more than 150 women to assist them in obtaining employment in the construction, advanced manufacturing and transportation industries. 
  • Implemented a pilot program to provide support to new apprentices, apprenticeship program coordinators, and employers to increase the retention of apprentices.

Construction Inset:

Construction offers a significant source of employment, strong advancement opportunities, strong wages, and high projected future growth. Our region has multiple major construction projects currently underway. Emerging areas of Green Construction and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting also require new training programs. Finally, the current construction workforce is rapidly reaching retirement age, which will lead to significant shortages of skilled workers.  Top in-demand jobs in the industry include CarpentryElectrician, Plumbing/pipefittingHVAC, and Construction craft laborer.


Employers & Industry Associations

A&A Wall Systems

Allied Construction Industries


Baker Concrete

Denier Electric

Grote Enterprises

Jostin Construction

McAndrews Glass

Messer Construction

Nelson Stark Company

Turner Construction

Valley Interior Systems

Education​ & Apprenticeship

Associated Builders and Contractors - Ohio Valley Chapter

Butler Technology and Career Development Schools

Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 

Greater Cincinnati Apprenticeship Council

Great Oaks Career Campuses 

Independent Electrical Contractors 

Community Organizations

Brighton Center 

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency 

Cincinnati Works

Easter Seals Work Resource Center 

Urban League of Greater Cincinnati 

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati