Craft Workforce Development Awards Banquet:

"Workforce Development in a Virtual World"

Tuesday, December 7th 2021

Renaissance Baton Rouge
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. 
Baton Rouge, LA 70810


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 & contract workforce.

High Schools and
Post-Secondary Institutions

Congratulations 2021 School Nominees:

  • Albany High School
  • Alliance Safety Council
  • Associated Builders & Contractors
  • Baton Rouge Community College
  • Central High School
  • Denham Springs Freshman High
  • Dutchtown High School
  • East Ascension High School
  • La. School for Agricultural Sciences
  • Live Oak High School
  • Livonia High School
  • LSU Online and Continuing Education
  • Plaquemine High School
  • River Parishes Community College
  • St. Amant High School
  • St. James CTC
  • St. Michael the Archangel High School
  • Walker High School
  •  West Feliciana High School


Congratulations to our 2021 Contractor Nominees!

  •  Action Industries
  • Brock Group
  • Brown & Root Industrial Services
  • Cajun Industries
  • Excel Modular Scaffold
  • ISC Constructors
  • MMR Constructors
  • Moore Industries
  • Pala Interstate
  • Performance Contractors
  • Premium Inspection & Testing
  • PSC
  • Triad Electric and controls
  • Turner Industries Group
  • Turner Specialty Services
  • Westgate LLC
  • Worley
  • Zachry Group
Chris Newton, Cajun Industries accepts the Craft Workforce Development Excellence Award presented by Steve Welch, Oxychem on behalf of GBRIA

Craft Workforce Champions

This award is 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
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