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New program to recognize construction-skilled workers in Gainesville area

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Brian Daniel
GAINESVILLE - Plans have been announced through the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce for the Master Craftsmen Awards.

Master Craftsmen... Builders of America is part of the Featherbone Communiversity Master Series Program in partnership with Lanier Technical College.

The Master Craftsmen Awards seek to showcase the construction industry and promote to young people and the community the importance of construction jobs in the economy while recognizing those individuals with outstanding skills in their trade.

"The purpose of the Masters Series is to recognize the true masters in Teaching, Nursing, Entrepreneurship and Craftsmanship,” said Gus Whalen, founder of Featherbone Communiversity and the Master Series Program. “Each program seeks to honor these masters, learn from them - their story - how they do what they do and why they do it, and encourage young people to become masters in their careers."

The Master Craftsmen program was designed to work in conjunction with Governor Deal's "Go Build Georgia" campaign and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia's (CEFGA) "Careers in Construction" program to spotlight those who have made a lasting impact on Northeast Georgia with their work.

Ten tradesmen will be honored and recognized at the 1st Annual Master Craftsmen… Builders of America Awards Program on Thursday, November 1 at 8:30 a.m at Featherbone Communiversity (Lanier Technical College Rotunda). There is no charge to attend, and the event will include a highlight on each award recipient as well as an interactive panel discussion. The Northeast Georgia award winners, in 10 categories from plumbing to iron workers, will share with attendees, including area students, their stories of success.

The skills of construction tradesmen are in high demand, and with a 19% projected growth rate through 2018, the construction industry has the potential to provide lucrative careers for those with a skilled trade. Governor Nathan Deal’s office put together some statistics that are truly alarming, including:

◦ For every 4 trades people (welders, brick masons, plumbers, electricians, carpenters) who retire, only one person is replacing them.
◦ America’s highly skilled industrial workers are aging, and there are not enough young people entering the industry to replace our retiring workforce.
◦ 185,000 new skilled tradesmen are needed every year.

Brian Daniel, President of Carroll Daniel Construction and Co-Chair of the Master Craftsmen program, stated, "The Master Craftsman Award is an exciting opportunity to honor a group of people who rarely see recognition for their roles building the places where we all live, work and play here in Northeast Georgia. We hope to honor these individuals for their outstanding achievements, and at the same time, showcase their accomplishments as career opportunities for a new generation of young people."

The Go Build Georgia campaign is designed to educate young people on the value of learning a trade, dispel their misconceptions about the skilled trade industry and inspire them to consider building a career as a skilled tradesman. Through programs like Master Craftsmen, Go Build aims to provide better opportunities for craft tradesmen, more highly skilled employees for businesses and enhanced economic development for Georgia and the nation. The campaign is part of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development initiative and was created to improve the job training and marketability of Georgia's workforce and drive future economic growth for the state.

CEFGA partners with construction companies, trade associations, the Technical College System of Georgia, and the Georgia Department of Education to support training programs and encourage students to pursue careers in construction. The Master Craftsmen Awards take place during the annual "Careers in Construction Week" which is the first week of November.

For more information on the 1st Annual Master Craftsmen Awards Program on November 1, contact Brian Daniel at 770-536-3241.
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