In 2015, Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW)  surveyed businesses to gather workforce information from the building trades and the construction industry. The survey was a first step in WSW’s investigation of the specific needs of the construction industry.

Results from the survey and subsequent meetings with businesses, labor and industry organizations helped us identify workforce needs, develop strategies and align resources to enhance training opportunities for prospective employees and help businesses hire and train the workers they need. A regional workforce plan was launched in 2017.


Resources for Construction Companies

Construction Sector 2018 – This report is a state of the construction workforce in the areas served by WSW and its partners in the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative.

Construction Workforce Plan 2017-2019 – The plan identifies and addresses construction industry workforce challenges.

Construction Trends Dec 2015 (ppt)

Construction Survey Report (pdf)

Construction Workforce Plan

Under the guidance of local construction companies, we developed a three-point plan to address construction’s workforce challenges.

The plan’s goals are to:

  • Connect youth to jobs and training opportunities in construction
  • Advance equity and diversity in the construction industry
  • Improve retention of existing apprentices and workers

We meet quarterly with construction companies to gather information and present on strategies and achievement of plan goals.

To get involved in our construction panel or receive notices of construction meetings and/or the construction e-newsletter,
please contact Darcy Hoffman, Director of Business Services, at or 360.567.3172.

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