PODCAST: AGCMO’s Len Toenjes and Paul Smith on the Future Workforce

By on May 9, 2019

In this week’s AGCMO Podcast, Len Toenjes AGCMO CEO interviews Paul Smith, the organization’s vice president for workforce development. Smith explains the intricacies of joint management-labor apprentice programs, the challenges which the industry faces, and a recently-opened  AGCMO center which hopes to address some of those issues.

“The STL Construction Careers Center is an effort that is equally shared between labor, management, and owners — so all three of the major stakeholders in the construction industry are there,” Smith said. We also have some civic partners such as the Urban League.The idea is that instead of having 18 different apprentice programs to contact to get into the trades we have one central location.

“Regardless of which trade they want to go into people can stop in and talk with this gentleman and get directed into the proper trade. We know what’s required. We can help them make sure that they have everything they need in place and then get them off to the apprenticeship program that they need to be in, in a shape that they can succeed.”

Smith said that persons interested in the center should call Sergio Munoz, center coordinator, at 314.644.1525.

Paul Smith has a long career in career and technical education. He earned his Master of Science in Education degree from Peru State University. Smith served as the dean of academic affairs at ITT Technical Institute in Wichita, KS from 1985-2009. He was department chair of business and technology and institutional effectiveness coordinator at Brown Mackie College in St. Louis prior to joining AGCMO in 2013.

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