GBRIA 2017 Craft Workforce Development Awards

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About the Awards

The 2017 Craft Workforce Development Awards Banquet took place on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at the Mariott Baton Rouge. The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Inc. (GBRIA) Craft Workforce Development Awards acts as both an awards and benchmarking program. This program was developed in 2007 through a joint effort of GBRIA's Contractor Workforce Development Committee, Board of Directors and local contractors. The program has been designed to promote best practices to improve the skills and retention of craft personnel in the region and to recognize and reward contractors, member plants, schools, educators and other individuals who contribute to recruitment, assessment, training, career path education and retention efforts. GBRIA's Craft Workforce Development Awards offers awards for the following groups: Mechanical and Electrical Contractors; Civil and Structural Contractors; other Specialty Contractors; Industrial Plants/Facilities; High Schools and Individual Champions. These awards support one of GBRIA's strategic objectives to ensure access to a competitive and skilled company and contract workforce.

View 2017's Workforce Development Benchmarking Report

Awards Process

A call for nominations is publicized by GBRIA for High Schools with a set deadline. The GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Awards Selection Committee will consider a High School as eligible based on a complete nomination including:

  1. A nomination form submission,
  2. A completed High School Questionnaire and
  3. A completion of an audit of the nominee's craft or technical skills education program.

A separate call for nominations is publicized by GBRIA for remaining awards categories including Contractors, GBRIA member industrial plants/sites and Individual Champions with a set deadline. For Contractors, the Selection Committee will consider a nominee as eligible based on a complete nomination including:

  1. A nomination form submission,
  2. A completed Contractor Benchmarking and Application Survey and
  3. A completion of an audit of the nominee's Workforce Development Program.

For Champions (GBRIA member facilities, educators, post-secondary insutitions or other individuals or organizations who have demonstrated special initiatives or accomplishments in Craft Workforce Development), the Selection Committee will consider a nominee as eligible based on a complete nomination including:

  1. GBRIA member industrial plants/sites are eligible for the "Most Valuable Plant" Award upon their own submission of a contractor, high school or self-nomination and may also receive a nomination.
  2. Individuals, institutions or organizations are eligible with a nomination submission.

View our Eligible Award Categories and Offered Awards.

Downloadable Forms (these will become available during the Call for Nominations period)



High Schools

Nominations

A Call for Nominations of High Schools will take place Spring of 2018. High Schools are encouraged to seek nominations from contractors, industrial sites, or may self-nominate.

Questionnaire

Nominated High Schools must complete and submit the High School Questionnaire prior to their audit interview.

Audit Interview

Nominated High Schools must participate in an interview with Jessica Pranjic, Manager of Communications & Workforce Development at GBRIA, and representatives of GBRIA's Contractor Workforce Development Committee. These interviews take place at the GBRIA Office: 8555 United Plaza Blvd. Ste. 202, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Interviews typically run 1-2 hours long.
 

Interview Instructions:

  • Please have a Craft Training Instructor, CT Supervisor or school principal participate in this interview. You are also welcome to bring a representative from an industrial partner, typically one who submitted your nomination.
  • What to Bring:
    • The interview will focus on the High School Questionnaire form. Please bring this to the interview completed.
    • Please bring any supporting documentation (enrollment forms, pictures, craft competition awards, etc.) to help support why your school is deserving of a GBRIA award. Think of this interview as a show and tell opportunity.

 


Contractors

Nominations

A call for nominations of GBRIA area contractors will take place Summer of 2018. Contractors are encouraged to seek nominations from industrial sites or may self-nominate.

Benchmarking Survey

Every nominated contractor is required to complete and submit the benchmarking survey/application prior to their audit interview. Contractors not participating in the awards are also encouraged to participate in the benchmarking survey to support the annual benchmarking report.

You can also download and fill out the benchmarking survey/application, fill and return to jessica@gbria.org .

Audit Interview

Nominated Contractors must participate in an interview with Jessica Pranjic, Manager of Communications & Workforce Development at GBRIA, and representatives of GBRIA's Contractor Workforce Development Committee. These interviews take place at the GBRIA Office: 8555 United Plaza Blvd. Ste. 202, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Interviews typically run 1-2 hours long.

 

Interview Instructions:

  • Please have a representative(s) of the nominated company participate in this interview.
  • What to Bring:
    • The interview will focus on the benchmarking application survey; please bring this filled out to the interview
    • Please bring any supporting documentation (certificates, written workforce development programs, career paths, pictures, presentations, etc.) to help support your answers on the benchmarking application. Think of this interview as a show and tell opportunity.

 


Champions

Nominations

Nominations for a Craft Workforce Development Champion may be submitted. These awards are presented at the discretion of the committee to GBRIA Member Facilities, Educators, Post-secondary institutions, Individuals or Organizations who have demonstrated special initiatives or accomplishments in craft workforce development.

To nominate a GBRIA Member Facility, plants may self-nominate, receive a nomination or will be considered for nomination upon a nomination submission for a contractor or high school. If nominating a plant for a champion award, please consider the  following:

  • The quality of their descriptions of contractors (i.e. the plants' involvement in fostering craft workforce development at the site)
  • The number of contractors submitted for awards, both workforce and safety
  • Participation of plant employees on GBRIA committees
  • External information about the company's efforts with area schools such as donations, tutoring, mentoring programs, etc.
  • Participation and representation in GBRIA's 4 major events.
  • Participation in ABC's, union, NCCER or other cents/hour training funding program.

To nominate an educator, post-secondary institution, individual or organization, submit the nomination form. If nominating a champion, please consider the  following:

  • An accomplishment in his/her field, i.e. an educator
  • Lifetime/career accomplishment
  • Accomplishment of something innovative or large in scope