There is currently a shortage of workers plaguing the trades, creating hiring difficulty across the heavy construction industry. The Heavy Construction Contractors Association (HCCA) reports that there are roughly 3,500 available jobs in heavy construction in Northern Virginia. As a means to fill this void, NOVA launched the Heavy Equipment Operator course in 2018 as an opportunity for extended education leading individuals into the industry.
In December, nine students who successfully completed the first cohort of the program had an opportunity to meet with six members of HCCA to learn about their companies and current job opportunities. Company representatives met with all of the students together and then for one-on-one interviews at the NOVA Woodbridge Workforce Regional Center. The students were excited to meet the employers and have direct access to job opportunities. Several HCCA members encouraged the students by noting that due to the demand in the industry, they would have many chances for advancement to supervisory and management positions.
HCCA is a non-profit organization comprised of infrastructure contractors and related business firms that work collectively to make a positive impact on the construction industry and the economy in Northern Virginia and the surrounding areas. Workforce Career Services worked with HCCA to host the event. HCCA members are excited to hire graduates of the program given
The HCCA companies that participated in the program included: Branch Civil, LCS Site Services, Shirley Contracting, SW Rodgers, William A. Hazel, and Vulcan Materials.