Preparing South Carolina's Workforce for Tomorrow

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The Solution

In the past, problems of providing a skilled workforce have fallen to one institution or another. Quarrels about turf and a lack of clear objectives have prevented the various interest groups from getting together and coordinating their efforts.

The creation of MCTA seems to have bridged some of those differences and created a forum where genuine systemic changes might take place. MCTA brings together diverse groups into a strong coalition with the promise of accomplishing what has never been previously accomplished.

Activity One

MCTA will seek to implement a standardized national curriculum in all construction and industrial maintenance programs in the state: programs that will properly prepare students for the workplace and provide them with portable credentials. We believe that by providing a quality training experience (utilizing the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP) class for teachers), instructors will be better prepared to teach our students using the highest standards.

We will aggressively seek out training opportunities at secondary and postsecondary school levels and opportunities in private industry to promote teacher and student quality. We will provide a first rate learning experience for the ICTP at a reasonable cost. It is our expectation that MCTA will provide complete and efficient ICTP certification to anyone seeking it. We will work diligently to properly certify all maintenance and construction instructors at all three educational levels in the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) program within a five-year time frame. There are several hundred instructors who could benefit from this training.

This certification process will begin to support the work of improving the image of the industry and recruiting students into training programs statewide.

Activity Two

MCTA provides an intensive program of registering students who have successfully completed elements of the NCCER program to receive nationally recognized portable credentials. MCTA is an NCCER sponsor that is timely, accurate, and inexpensive when providing instructor training and registration of students.

Approximately 2,000 students a year will need to have the “Form 200” filed with NCCER. This number should grow as the program becomes more widespread and as more schools and industries see the benefits of NCCER registration.

Activity Three

MCTA networks with public schools, technical colleges, and industry training programs to coordinate plans to improve the image of skilled careers. MCTA will meet with school boards, school administrators, guidance counselors, parent groups, and teacher groups to provide accurate career facts concerning this career pathway. MCTA will seek to put together those groups that will benefit from a highly-trained and skilled workforce in maintenance and construction, to build a synergy to initiate systemic change in South Carolina. Marketing strategies are being developed to promote this initiative.

Activity Four

MCTA will coordinate programs and projects to recruit students into training programs at all levels. Activities will include summer construction camps, recruiting kits to be used in schools, participation in career fairs, and a Web site to provide information to interested students, parents, and educators.

Activity Five

MCTA is the third-party administrator for companies who choose to participate in registered apprenticeships with the US Department of Labor, ATELS. Apprenticeship standards have been approved from ATELS. 

The Challenge

Whether you are a home builder, a general contractor, a subcontractor, or a manufacturer with industrial maintenance requirements, you have been faced with an increasing problem of finding employees who can perform technical jobs efficiently. Recruiting, training, and retaining qualified people consumes too much of your time. The resources of your business are strained because of the shortage of reliable skilled workers.

Statement of Problem/Need

While only 32% of ninth graders pursue a two-year degree or certification…65% of jobs will require one.

At least 40% of ninth graders will pursue an unskilled job because they either drop out of high school or lack the skills needed…but only 15% of the jobs available are considered unskilled jobs.

Simply put…we are not giving students the training they need, which means we are not building the work force needed for a strong economy. The construction industry is the engine that drives our economy.

MCTA needs every business in this state to step forward and do its part to reverse this dangerous trend. Dues-paying participants in MCTA will be supporting the state's first broad-based effort to bring all the players to the table to solve these problems.


 Maintenance and Construction Technology Alliance is a 501C3 Non-Profit Foundation.