Suffolk Construction program aims to increase diversity on construction sites

Suffolk Construction program aims to increase diversity on construction sites



SHOW US HOW A LOCAL COMPANY IS ALREADY MAKING THIS EFFORT. KATIE: CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT IS BOOMING IN BOSTON, BUT DIVERSITY WITHIN THE INDUSTRY ITSELF IS NOT. NATIONALLY, ONLY 30% OF CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS ARE HISPANIC OR LATINO AND ONLY 6.2% ARE BLACK. IN BOSTON, THE NUMBERS ARE NOT MUCH BETTER, BUT EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO CHANGE THIS. >> THE LANDSCAPE HAS CHANGED A LOT AND IS CHANGING FOR THE BETTER. >> JUSTIN SHERIDAN IS THE PRESIDENT OF MASS SIGNAL SERVICE LLC, A UNION ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. HE HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR 20 YEARS AND HIS COMPANY IS NOW INITIATED INTO BIGGER CONTRACTS THROUGH A PROGRAM VIA SUFFOLK CONSTRUCTION. GETTING ON A JOB SITE GETTING THIS OPPORTUNITY IS JUST A GREAT EXPERIENCE ALL AROUND. >> COREY ALLEN IS SUFFOLK’S COMPLIANCE MANAGER. HER JOB IS BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND RECRUITING CONTRACTORS WHO ARE WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR INTO HELPFUL PROGRAMS. >> WE TAKE THEM ON A 2 MONTH TRIP WHERE THEY LEARN HOW SUFFOLK DOES BUSINESS, GIVE THEM AN INSIGHT INTO THE INDUSTRY. >> ALLEN ALSO PARTNERS WITH LOCAL VOCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SCHOOLS FINDING AND INSPIRE YOUNG TALENT, LIKE ETTYENNE MARTINEZ, 19, A MECHANICAL AND PLUMBING APPRENTICE AT EM DUGGAN WHO WAS ABLE TO SECURE A FULL-TIME JOB OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. >> MY PERSPECTIVES, HOPES AND DREAMS WERE CONSTANTLY BLAST EVERY MONTH, EVERY WEEK. IN AN INDUSTRY WITH A MAJOR LABOR SHORTAGE, ALLEN. WITH THE HELP OF SUFFOLK CONSTRUCTION MAKES IT A PRIORITY TO INSPIRE AND HELP BUILD A WORKFORCE THAT REPRESENTS THE DIVERSITY IN ITS NEIGHBORHOODS. >> I AM LUCKED TO BE HERE AND POSITIONED TO MAKE THOSE CONNECTIONS AND BE ABLE TO SUPPORT NARRATIVE CHANGE HERE IN THE CITY OF BOSTON. >> HERE IN SUFFOLK THEY ALSO CONSTANTLY BRING IN GROUPS OF STUDENTS, CHILDREN, GIRL SCOUTS AND OTHER PROGRAMS TO REALLY FOSTER INTEREST IN BUILDING AND OTHER STEM INDUSTRI

A day after Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a new policy aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in the review process for major construction projects – a policy the first of its kind in the country.

A day after Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a new policy aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in the review process for major construction projects – a policy the first of its kind in the country.