Workforce Development

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Empowered Workforce

The breadth and depth of our mission, along it the trust the members place in the AZAGC Apprenticeship Trust Fund to provide innovative apprenticeship programs and heavy civil training enable us to have a broad impact — and its fueling our results

Across all training programs we are broadening our offerings and accelerating our innovation to meet the needs of our members. The collaboration among contractors and their generous contributions of land, meeting space, equipment and instructors help us keep training costs low and flexible. 

Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Program

In July 2019, this program expanded to reach members in Maricopa and Pima County and empowered 43 apprentices from six contractors to respond to demand for more skilled heavy civil construction workers. Between July 2019 and December 2019 apprentices completed 150 hours of heavy civil-related instruction and 1,000 hours of heavy civil on-the-job training.

Each month, our apprentices completed eight hours of Empire Machinery instruction and 16 hours of machine field day training (seat-time) at the Fisher New River Pit in Phoenix and the Granite Swan Plant in Tucson. In addition apprentices completed training in grade checking and blue print reading from superintendents and project superintendents at Hunter Contracting Co., Markham Contracting Co., Inc. and Granite Construction Co. 

Heavy Civil Mechanic Apprenticeship

In September 2019, we launched our Heavy Civil Mechanic Apprenticeship in partnership with the Empire CAT Training Institute. Nine apprentices from four contractors made significant growth on their pre-and-post exams in each mechanical discipline, demonstrating a 20-percent growth in their training. The AZAGC created an accelerated program for apprentices to reach journey status moving from the traditional model of 3 years to 11 months to address the industry’s need for a skilled workforce. 

Heavy Civil Construction Training Series

In October 2019, the AZAGC launched the Heavy Civil Construction Training Series in response to a request from the board to promote the heavy civil construction industry and develop skilled construction workers across Arizona. We provided Commercial Driver License training to 18 construction workers in Phoenix and Tucson. The AZAGC also provided Soils Classification and Compaction training to 35 construction workers in Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott.