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: General Construction & Maintenance; Civil and Structural Contractors; Specialty Trade Hard Craft; Specialty Trade Soft Craft; Technical Support; Other Specialty Contractors; 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.
GBRIA member companies may nominate any contractor falling into the categories listed below whose services they are currently using or have used in the last year. Contractors may ask plants to nominate them or may self-nominate. High Schools and Post-Secondary Institutions can like wise solicit nominations and/or self-nominate. Champions are eligible based upon a nomination submission by a GBRIA member, contractor or via self-nomination.
The GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Awards Selection Committee (participation on the committee is open to all GBRIA members, i.e., plants/facilities) will consider nominees as eligible based on a complete nomination, which includes an online submission as well as completion of an interview.
Workforce Development Awards will be presented to qualified recipients based on the type of work and size of their company. Nominees may fall into the following type of categories:
A) General Construction & Maintenance
B) Civil and Structural Contractors (including iron work, infrastructure, and heavy work)
C) Specialty Trade Hard Craft (including millwright, pipefitter, etc.)
D) Specialty Trade Soft Craft (including insulation, painting, scaffolding, etc.)
E) Technical Support (including non-destructive testing, boilermakers, environmental, etc.)
F) Other Specialty Contractors not otherwise categorized
Nominees may fall into the following size categories:
A) Division I
B) Division II
C) Division III
The size categories are based on the total hours worked company wide. The GBRIA Award Selection Committee will determine what size category a company falls in after all nominations are received. Awards will be presented in each category.
Contractors who complete the nomination process will receive a percentage score based on their benchmarking application and workforce development program evaluation by GBRIA’s Contractor Workforce Development Committee. Based on their scores, each contractor will receive an Award of Excellence, Award of Merit or Award of Recognition. GBRIA will also present a Best of Division Award to the highest scoring contractor company in each division size.
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:
To nominate an educator, post-secondary institution, individual or organization, submit the nomination form. If nominating a champion, please consider the following: