If you are a business owner who has been impacted by the recent wildfires throughout California, please view the State Resources for Businesses Impacted by the 2018 November Wildfires for information and resources that may be available to you. If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact GO-Biz.
In October 2017, wildfires in
Northern California impacted the counties of: Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, Butte, Lake,
Mendocino, Nevada, prompting mass evacuations. Thousands of acres burned and
threatened infrastructure as strong winds fueled the fast-moving fires. In
total, the October wildfires burned more than 245,000 acres and destroyed 8,900
The short and intermediate term
needs of the communities for housing were met by Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES),
attention turned to the long term task of permanent rebuilding.
Construction Training Resource Guide: The intent of this guide is to
provide information on the available resources for rebuilding communities with
a skilled construction workforce.
The Governor’s Office of Business
and Economic Development (GO-Biz) convened a working group to identify the
availability of a skilled construction workforce, including federal and state
government partners, as well as industry leaders representing home builders and
organized labor. The first task of this working group was to develop a resource
guide that identifies existing training programs available for individuals
interested in entering the construction industry. The intent was for this guide
to be a resource targeting the following groups:
- Local Governments –
City and county staff and elected officials work with developers and homeowners
on local permitting and may hear first-hand about labor shortages.
- Workforce Developers –
Many professionals are already engaged in workforce development. As they plan
to expand existing programs or develop new ones, it may be useful to understand
what others are offering in related fields. There may also be opportunities for
- Building Contractors –
Most building contractors have existing relationships with subcontractors and
know where to find skilled workers through conventional methods. However, given
the potential shortage, it may be helpful for contractors to expand their reach
to some lesser known sources of skilled labor.
- Job Seekers – Those
looking to enter the construction trades may find training opportunities.