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Workforce Development - Your Pipeline to Employees

Utility Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Training Program

The first ever Utility Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Training Program was designed so that GUCA members could train and hire a student, the underemployed, or the non-traditional worker. This program will also help with funding the salary through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a targeted employee pool. The employer will save money because the employee will be trained and receive through the Apprenticeship Training, all the safety certifications required by regulatory agencies. This program was designed to train an individual who might want a career in construction but doesn’t have any utility construction background. Employers will also save money on Davis Bacon rates. Click here for more information.

Department of Corrections Transitional Centers

To help with your most immediate needs GUCA has partnered with the Department of Corrections 13 Statewide Transitional Centers. One of the functions of the Transitional Centers is to place selected offenders back into society and the workplace allowing the offender to obtain and maintain a paying job in the community while requiring them to conform to the structure of the program.

Transitional Centers and Contacts 

DOC Facilties Map

Information on Hiring Employees from the Transitional Center

Department of Corrections Inmate Release Program – Vocational Training

GUCA has partnered with the Department of Corrections in training non-violent offenders while they are awaiting release in the Utility Contractor Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Training program. The Department of Corrections wants to provide the offender population with the tools needed for a successful transition back into society. Their mission is to reduce recidivism through effective programming and education.

Westside Works

The Arthur Blank Family Foundation established Westside Works earlier this year in partnership with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Integrity CDC. This four week program puts pre-screened individuals through the NCCER Core Curriculum, OSHA 10hr, & CPR / First Aid courses with students being assessed at the completion of each stage. You will get the opportunity to meet each graduate, conduct an interview and possibly hire them on the spot! Many GUCA members have taken advantage of this boots on the ground training pool!

Westside Works


From a professional tech worker who’s been laid-off and needs a skill upgrade to a young high school drop-out searching for direction and a job, CobbWorks provides access to a system of employment and education services for our community. In an increasingly complex workforce and economy, people sometimes need guidance and assistance in managing their career development, particularly when challenged with unexpected events. CobbWorks provides workforce services that assist people in helping themselves and their families.

A qualified and educated labor force plays a critical role in the economic development and viability of our community. Businesses considering relocation or expansion must know an area has qualified workers to meet its business needs. CobbWorks helps ensure an adequate supply of skilled workers while supporting the recruitment needs of businesses.


Veteran's Employment Center (VEC)

Hire a Vet Today!

The Veterans Employment Center™ (VEC) connects Veterans and their families with meaningful employment and career-development opportunities. Below are resources and tools for both job seekers and employers.

VEO Partnership Form

Visit VEC Website for More Information

Operation Workforce for the Hire A Vet

Guidebook to Vocational and Trade School For Veterans

Governor's Office of Workforce Development

Georgia gets federal funding to help industries and persons who are underemployed, (concentrating on veterans) find work. Money is used to help train and mentor the future workforce. Emphasis is placed on the displaced, underemployed, and those that have a military background. They are always looking for local companies to partner with them in each area. Follow the link below to learn more.They have a reimbursement program for employers offering on the job training (such as GUCA's Utility Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Training Program) for the targeted employee pool.

Workforce Initiative Act

Trade Five

GUCA staff continues to be involved with the Governor’s Advisory Board and we have been a part of the decision making from day one! Follow the link below to view the Trade Five website and sign up as a Participating Sponsor (it’s free!)

Trade Five

House Bill 402 Passes

Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 402 which offers participating businesses willing to take on high school students as interns a discount of up to 5% on their total workers' compensation insurance premiums. Work-based learning programs allow students aged 16 and older to particpate in a structured learning environment at the employer's jobsite.

Visit Georgia General Assembly for a Complete Copy of the Bill


Join the hundreds of companies and volunteers who participated in the biggest student and construction teacher trade show in Georgia. Each industry has their own “World of Construction.” If you have never visited then let 2018 be the year you get involved. Follow the links below for more information about the 2018 CEFGA CareerExpo. Dates are March 22-23, 2018.

CEFGA - Offical Website

CEFGA Volunteer and Sponsorship Form

CEFGA CareerExpo '17 Video Promo

CEFGA CareerExpo Pictures

GUCA Hosts Students at Plant Vogtle

26 students from Burke County High School attended the jobsite tour of The Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle. Students got an up close look at the different construction activities involved in building the Unit 3 and Unit 4 Nuclear Reactors. The construction of Units 3 and 4 is one of two nuclear power construction projects in the United States in more than 30 years. C.A. Murren & Sons Company hosted the event and shared real world advisors and opportunities for students.

Career Fairs: GUCA Visits High Schools in Georgia

GUCA staff and members take part in Career Fairs across Georgia each year. High School Career Fairs held include:
Berkmar High School
Newton College and Career Academy
Henry County Career Academy

Early Education: GUCA Visits Elementary School Students

GUCA staff Billy Townsend reading the “Safe Each Day” coloring book to 160 Elementary Students from Lockheed Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. Talking with students at an early age about construction and safety helps plant the seed for careers and responsibilities in the construction industry.

College Scholarships

GUCA awarded scholarships to two construction management students at four-year higher education institutions in Georgia. The association has awarded more than $156,400 in scholarships since 1995. The GUCA Education Committee awarded $4,000.00 in scholarships to area college students at the GUCA Fall Quarterly Meeting and Trade Show on Thursday, October 23, 2016 at The Loudermilk Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Kennesaw State University student Cara Lea Black,and Georgia Soutehrn University student, Jonathan Saul, were chosen as the scholarship recipients.


Georgia Department of Education