The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

20 Candidates Recommended for Employment

The Alabama AGC Workforce Committee has recruited and now interviewed 125 applicants for entry-level jobs in the construction industry. A team from BL Harbert and Brasfield & Gorrie has selected 20 candidates as recommended for immediate hires from all those interviewed.

These candidates are available for hire at a minimum wage of $13 an hour. As part of the program, the AGC will put them through an OSHA 10-Hour June 29-30 at the AGC offices. The AGC will pay the employees their hourly wage for the days they are taking the OSHA class, so the employers’ only obligation is to give them the time to attend.

AGC also is setting up a 100-hour NCCER carpentry class that the employees can attend beginning in the fall. The class also will be open to some of our members’ other employees, depending on space limitation. If a contractor’s training needs are different from carpentry, AGC will work to find a program in which to place the new employee.

To help facilitate a good experience for employers and for the new employees and to provide the best opportunity for success for the new employees, the AGC will be offering a mentoring program where our representative will stay in contact with the employees and the supervisors responsible for the employees. Dwight Sammons, a superintendent retired from Harbert, has agreed to track the students and act as a mentor.

Please call Josh Caton at (205) 451-1400 with questions.