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Workforce & Education 
Workforce and Academic Network Pilot Project

The Workforce and Academic Network pilot project was established to convene industry and academic stakeholders in order to help job seekers and students more easily access training and education for the construction skilled trades industry in northern New Mexico. Together we worked to address the role of stakeholders to illuminate paths for working collectively to address the workforce shortage in the construction and skilled trades in northern New Mexico.


What we know:

  • There is a national construction trades workforce deficit

  • New Mexico has a multitude of efforts to qualify and support the development of this workforce

  • There is opportunity to address alignment among workforce preparation programs and industry needs and better align statewide efforts.


Workforce and Academic Network 2021 Activities for Skilled Trades include:

Identify all pertinent skilled trades stakeholders including:

  • Industry Employers

  • State agencies

  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, University of New Mexico-Taos, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College

  • Trade Unions

  • Existing non-union apprenticeship and training programs

  • Municipalities and county representation

  • Public and Private Secondary Education Leaders


Convene Independent Focus Groups with each stakeholder group as identified, to:

  • Clarify roles and opportunities for alignment with other stakeholder groups

  • Gain consensus on efforts toward alignment and collaborative workforce support

Convene stakeholder groups to:

  • Align objectives and outcomes toward pre-apprenticeship

  • Establish agreement toward matriculation and recognition of acquired skill-sets

  • Establish collaborative toward workforce recruitment

  • Identify wrap-around support for trainees and prospective employees

  • Establish common mechanism for supporting

Check out the results of the first phase of our Workforce and Academic Network pilot project: here.

The RDC is currently working with our partners to fulfill the scope of work that was identified in this process.

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