The Construction Industry

The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) is a partnership between the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan region’s three workforce development boards – Workforce Southwest Washington, Clackamas Workforce Partnership, and Worksystems. Its purpose is to deliver a unified approach to serve industry, support economic development, and guide public workforce investments in the region.
The Collaborative work with industry to create sector strategies to identify and remove barriers that stand in the way of cultivating and sustaining a skilled workforce in the sectors of Construction,  Early Care &  Education, Healthcare, and Manufacturing. Under the guidance of local companies, we have three goals for the sector to advance the construction workforce in the region.

Construction Sector Strategy Goals

Our new construction Workforce Plan identifies for goal areas.

  1. Connect Youth to Jobs and Training Opportunities in Construction.
  2. Advance Equity and Diversity in the Construction Industry.
  3. Improve Retention of Existing Apprenticeships and Workers.
  4. Connect career changers to jobs, training and career opportunities in construction.

Click here to view the Construction Workforce Plan for 2022.

For More Information

For more information about our sector strategies,  please contact Samir Randolph, Senior Business Manager.

Phone: 503-657-6644 ext. 100

Construction Career Pathways Funder Collaborative 

The Construction Career Pathways Funder Collaborative invests in activities that directly support increasing racial and gender diversity of the regional construction workforce. For too long, members of underrepresented communities have faced barriers to entry and advancement within the regional construction industry. With an unprecedented building schedule in the public capital projects pipeline, now is the time to address these barriers, increase the labor supply at the regional level, and transform the industry to advance equitable prosperity. To address these challenge’s, Metro’s Construction Career Pathways Policy Framework and Toolkit outlines seven critical strategies to provide reliable career pathways for women and BIPOC people. Through a collective impact model, the Funder Collaborative coordinates workforce investments and includes large public agencies and relevant industry stakeholders to address the ongoing barriers to diversity and increasing the labor supply in the regional construction workforce. The collaborative is committee to:

•Increasing the racial, cultural, and gender diversity of the construction workforce

•Helping the construction workforce to be skilled, sustainable, and sufficient to meet the needs of the community

•Growing opportunities to access high-paying, high quality jobs

•Serving as a community of practice to help inform regional efforts