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Southeast michigan council of governments

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

Infrastructure and jobs an asset map for southeast michigan

Infrastructure and Jobs: An Asset Map for Southeast Michigan

Sustainability Consortium

June 26, 2013

What is the infrastructure and jobs asset map

What is the Infrastructure and Jobs Asset Map?

“An analysis of the jobs expected to be created by major infrastructure projects in Southeast Michigan, and training programs to make the local workforce more competitive for infrastructure jobs”

Major transportation projects

Point Projects















Linear Projects











Major Transportation Projects

Border Crossing

M-1 Rail

High-Speed Rail Corridor

Freeway Expansion

Transit/Rail Project

Detroit River International Crossing

Why create an i j asset map

Why create an I/J Asset Map?

  • Coordinate efforts of stakeholders to maximize impact of major projects

  • Leverage projects for future economic growth in the region

  • Improve local skills so residents can compete for jobs

Economic strategy

Economic Strategy

Input process

Input Process

  • Talent Task Force

  • Partnership for Diversity and Opportunity in Transportation (PDOT)

  • Infrastructure Training Survey

  • State and Federal Agencies

  • SEMCOG Transportation Programs

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  • Types of jobs in infrastructure projects

  • Estimates on numbers of jobs

  • Skills needed

  • Additional jobs and regional economic growth opportunities

Is the region ready

Is the Region Ready?

  • Infrastructure Training Survey Results

  • Timeline of projects

  • Basic/Soft Skills

  • Skilled Trades availability

Training survey desired outcomes

Training Survey:Desired Outcomes

  • Identification of the skills gap

  • Evaluate region’s readiness for infrastructure projects

  • Respond to training opportunities and challenges

  • Increase admissions to skilled trades training programs

Survey respondents

Survey Respondents

23 organizations completed Survey

  • 7 Community Colleges

  • 5 ISDs/RESAs

  • 1 State Department (MDOT)

  • 1 Federal Agency (DOL)

  • 2 Skilled Trade Unions (Iron Workers/Operating Engineers)

  • 4 Community Organizations

  • 1 Michigan Works Agency (DESC)

  • 2 Four Year Colleges

Survey results

Survey Results

  • All six construction skilled trades are covered by training programs in the region

  • Soft skills and Leadership skills are included in most programs

  • Both certificates and diplomas are available

  • Over 3,200 graduates in construction and non-construction programs annually

Survey results1

Survey Results

  • 842 graduates within six skilled trades careers

    • Carpenters: 515

    • Cement masons: 27

    • Electrical workers: 159

    • Iron workers: 63

    • Laborers: 9

    • Operating engineers: 69

  • Six months after graduation: 86% hired/college



  • Project timeline

  • Job numbers

  • Hiring practices

  • Skills gap?

  • Perception of skilled trades jobs

Assets best practices

Assets: Best Practices

  • Effective education partnerships

  • Apprenticeship programs

  • State Initiatives for job creation/training

  • Community based programs

Draft recommendations

DRAFT Recommendations

  • Labor

  • Education: Adult, Higher Education, K-12

  • Employers

  • Marketing

  • State and Federal Policies



  • Training for major infrastructure jobs should be transferable to other projects

  • Raise awareness of apprenticeship programs

Adult and higher education

Adult and Higher Education

  • Respond to both short term needs and longer term employer needs

  • Encourage students to study in in-demand fields

  • Offer industry credentials wherever possible

Education k 12

Education: K-12

  • Encourage students to consider skilled trades through career technical education programming and counseling

  • Advocate for multiple education tracks in high school including direct college track and skilled trades

  • Encourage STEM education

  • Encourage use of career databases



  • Encourage employer participation in advisory committees for core curriculum

  • Encourage contractors to use more local workers

  • Partner with labor and training organizations to provide internships and work experience for students

State policies

State Policies

  • Encourage Use of Best Value Contracting in State contracts

  • Leverage projects for growing logistics/supply chain

  • Market the enhanced connectivity for economic development, eg tourism

  • Market improved education and skills as part of trade missions

  • Help Build Capacity of contractors

Next steps

Next Steps

  • Promote best practices

  • Facilitate Connections for implementation of recommendations



  • Major infrastructure projects will transform the region: efforts of stakeholders must be aligned and coordinated to maximize employment/economic benefits.

  • Implementation of local hiring policies need State support

  • Education system needs to be flexible to respond to employer needs

Southeast michigan council of governments

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

Naheed Huq

313 324-3356

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