The Construction Users Roundtable

workforce issues

curt honors workforce development

The Construction Industry Workforce Development Awards were developed to give significant national and international recognition for extraordinary, exemplary and innovative training and education programs which either encourages individuals to pursue a career in the construction industry and/or enhance an individual's construction skills.

Applications for 2010 are now being accepted.


The 2009 CURT Workforce Awards were presented at the CURT National Conference in Orlando, FL. Following are the Workforce Development award winners for 2009:

video available from ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers Award of Excellence Luncheon

Daniel Groves, CURT's Director of Operations, has been named a Top 25 Newsmaker of 2009 by Engineering News Record. Daniel was recognized for his leadership in developing a national labor supply/demand forecasting model for the construction industry. (Read more) (Watch video)

southeast manpower tripartite alliance (semta)

The Southeast Manpower Tripartite Alliance (SEMTA) represents both union and non-union users and providers of industrial construction labor. This alliance of owners, contractors, and labor has been formed to cooperatively address regional manpower shortages.

The Southeast Manpower Tripartite Alliance objectives are:

  • Provide useful information to help manage supply-demand gaps.
  • Support efforts of industry organizations such as CURT, local user councils, and state consortiums on workforce related issues.
  • Share best practices associated with workforce recruitment, development, and contingency planning.


SEMTA's last meeting was held in Birmingham, Alabama on July 15, 2008. Click here to view the files available for download. You can also review the SEMTA meeting archives.


CURT recognizes that the most critical issue facing the industry is the presence of a skilled work force shortage. Accordingly the following objectives have been established to address the multiple issues that contribute to the development of a skilled work force.

  • Liaison with existing associations or organizational efforts who attract, train and retain value-centered young adult into the construction industry.
  • Promote skilled trades training and journeyman upgrades.
  • Keep the need for skilled trades at the forefront of owner organizations and develop action steps to communicate those needs more effectively.
  • Develop a repository of best practices for the recruitment, training and retention of skilled trades.
  • Promote management and supervisory training among our contractors.
  • Encourage contractor associations and their affiliated organizations to continue efforts to alleviate shortages in management.

curt and industrial relations efforts

  • Establish meaningful dialogue with organized and open shop sectors of the industry in order to improve the quality of labor relations and creatively develop solutions to the work force shortage.
  • Establish meaningful dialogue or alliances with trades associations in order to improve the quality of understanding and communication between owners and contractors.

Center for Workforce Development

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See the 2010 schedule of events.

Join us for a free, live, web-based demonstration of the CWDC Craft Labor Supply/Demand Forecasting