Proactively Solving Problems

“The construction industry will need to attract an estimated 501,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2024 to meet the demand for labor, according to a proprietary model developed by Associated Builders and Contractors. In 2025, the industry will need to bring in nearly 454,000 new workers on top of normal hiring to meet industry demand, and that’s presuming that construction spending growth slows significantly next year.”

Source: ABC: 2024 Construction Workforce Shortage Tops Half a Million

Nestucca CTE Work Station

At O’Brien, we’re not waiting for other people to solve this sticky problem.

We are proactively partnering with coastal K-12 schools and with Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) for workforce development and job training on the Oregon Coast by:

  • Building, outfitting, and helping to teach students at the new award-winning Nestucca Career Technical Education (CTE) Training Facility with Nestucca Valley School District. Click here to read about the June 2024 Oregon DJC Top Projects Award won by this exciting new CTE facility.
  • Partnering with TBCC to help provide distance learning across all Oregon Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (OCJATC) jurisdictions. OCJATC and O’Brien provide training as an approved Registered Apprenticeship program, regulated by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).

And the results are happening now as:

  • O’Brien’s current apprentices, Andrew Adams and James Callister, have just completed their academic year in the program and are working on O’Brien’s coast projects.
  • TBCC recently announced its first award of 36 national portable credentials to twelve Pre-Apprentices from Nestucca Valley High School. In addition, a total of 14 hours of aligned Dual Credit will be awarded to each pre-apprentice.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire team for their dedication and hard work in making these achievements possible. The goal of building a skilled workforce for the future is well underway thanks to our partners at Nestucca Valley School District and Tillamook Bay Community College and the contributions of our O’Brien team members!

Nestucca CTE interior
Nestucca CTE Welding Area