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We Build California!

Only 9 percent of Generation Z is interested in a future in construction.* It’s up to us, the industry, that quite literally builds our state, to change that number and transform our future. Now’s our chance. Together we are going to change hearts and minds, redefine our industry, and invest in California’s future construction workforce.

Build California’s pioneering approach will use a robust mix of outreach and programmatic efforts to target our audiences in ways the industry has never seen. We’ll reach students, parents, teachers, influencers, and jobseekers across the state, reframing their perception of the industry.

 

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Through authentic, cool, and engaging content, a website with the state’s most comprehensive training pathway database, and a commitment to interacting with young people on their chosen platforms, Build California will help create a steady pipeline of motivated and skilled workers for the state’s construction industry.

California Build: Ironworkers & Carpenters

Peter Tateishi, CEO of AGC of California: “Developing our workforce isn’t just a pillar of AGC of California’s mission, it’s essential to the future of our state. Together with our partners, we’ve launched Build California, a workforce development initiative to change the future of construction. Rooted in research and focused on the future, Build California will reshape the perception of construction careers and cultivate a strong, steady pipeline.”

Build California is led by Associated General Contractors of California (AGC CA) through the AGC Construction Education Foundation (AGC CEF).

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Build California Ambassador Spotlight: Christopher Tiamzon

In 2023, Build California has engaged with over 35,700 students (about twice the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden) through career fairs, student presentations, and industry activations to educate students on career opportunities in construction. We would not have been able to achieve this without the help of our amazing …

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Meet the Women Who Build California

Whether it’s running a company, managing a job site, or cutting metal, women can do it all! 💪   "Women bring a unique capability and skillset that our industry needs." -Diana Kimble, CEO of Royal Electric Co.   Build California connected with eight #WomenInConstruction who shared their struggles, pivots, triumphs, and pride about how construction has …

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Laborers in the Construction Industry: aka the “Backbone”

Hugo de la Torre, Director of Apprenticeship at NorCal Laborers, takes pride in the work that he does and says that being a Laborer is one of the most integral, versatile, and diverse roles one can be a part of. Simply put – they are the backbone of the construction …

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