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AGC CEF Aiming to Hire California Veterans

CONTACT: Sophia Taft, AGC of California, (916) 371-2422; 

Sacramento (November 11, 2015) – The AGC of California Construction Education Foundation (AGC CEF) launched its first ever Virtual Construction Career Fair (VCCF) which focused on placing job seekers with potential employers. With a “21st Century” approach, the organization offered a virtual solution to connect employers with target audiences such as, the veteran workforce.

"Our workforce development efforts are making important strides to tackle the industry's growing workforce gap," said Erin Volk, vice president of workforce and operations at AGC. "The construction industry is in dire need of a massive number of new and skilled workers in order to sustain and grow."

In conjunction with the VCCF, the AGC CEF has also released their 2015-2016 California Veteran brochure focused on California veterans to illustrate how careers in construction closely align with the skills, jobs and culture veterans likely experienced in the military.

According to a survey conducted by Prudential Financial and IAVA; nearly two-thirds of post-military veterans faced a difficult transition to civilian life. Further, California’s 2014 veteran unemployment rate reached 7.4%, leaving an untapped pool of workforce ready candidates waiting to be reached.

"We see the potential in these numbers and hope to assist veterans by connecting them to the vast career opportunities readily available in the construction industry," added Volk. "7.2 percent of the unemployed veterans served in the Gulf War and how better to honor these veterans but by offering them an opportunity to transition their military acquired skills into a civilian job."

For more information on the next VCCF, please visit CEF’s Virtual Construction Career Fair website here or to download the AGC CEF California Veteran Brochure click here.