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Training the Next Generation

Recently, BL Harbert International partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama’s new Academy of Craft Training program. The Academy a public/private partnership between the construction industry and the State of Alabama’s K-12 education system. They are driven by the industry and partner with education, in order to recruit and educate high school students to experience hands-on construction experience.

BL Harbert hosted approximately 60 students from the Academy of Craft Training, onsite at the ServisFirst Bank Headquarters jobsite. Students involved in the program were able to experience the various stages of an active construction project. Electrical, mechanical and HVAC subcontractors were on hand to answer questions.

The tour, led by BL Harbert superintendent, Lynn Spradlin, allowed students to see their curriculum skills applied in the field. They were able to observe construction in progress, ranging from the installation of ceiling grid to application of the first coat of paint to the process of wall-framing and in-wall rough in.

Students not only learned about BL Harbert’s services, but also got the chance to learn about the many jobs and careers within the construction industry from an experienced project team. Spradlin spoke to the students about the profession they are pursuing and the hard work and dedication required to advance in the industry. He stressed the importance of safety, on and off the jobsite, and how it is everyone’s responsibility to look out for co-workers.

BL Harbert’s involvement with the Academy of Craft Training has entailed safety talks, donated materials, field trips, and the development of specific training programs, such as fall protection and rigger training. BL Harbert offers part-time employment positions to students, as well. Shealon Layfield, general superintendent, serves as one of the Academy’s industry advisors and has been instrumental in crafting its curriculum and classes, as well as teaching courses and involving our field personnel.

We, at BL Harbert, recognize the need for a trained workforce in the commercial construction industry and are committed to train the next generation of skilled workers to build anything, anywhere!


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