CFCC builds new partnership to combat construction labor shortage

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There’s a new partnership in the Cape Fear to help the construction industry in New Hanover and Pender counties tackle labor shortage.

“You look at these homes that are being constructed. It looks simple but the difficulty has been finding skilled labor,” Cape Fear Community College President Jim Morton said.

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CFCC announced a new partnership with the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association. It includes a two week training program aimed at helping local construction needs.

“These crash courses allow a student to do a couple things. First things first, they can figure out if they even like this as a potential career. Second thing is they can get themselves in the workforce pretty quickly,” Wilmington CFHBA President Dave Spetrino said.

With input from local companies, CFCC created four courses to teach masonry, plumbing, carpentry and heating ventilation and air conditioning, to help meet the needs.



“If you don’t have the labor and building homes is very hands on. It’s one of those industries that is still very hands on. So without that, it’ll probably just get delayed and sometimes, you know, excessive time kills deals. And so they’re scrambling to find that labor,” Morton said.

When students complete the training and course work, they are guaranteed an interview with a local employer, thanks to this new partnership.

“The collaboration between the home builders, as a community, and the community college who is supporting that community and being able to put the two together, public and privately to be able to create a workforce that is not only needed, but it’s a workforce that benefits generations of people,” Spetrino said.

The construction institutes will run from June 18 through June 29 from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. The cost for each course is $185. To sign up, click here.