CURT, ABC work together to address educational initiatives.

The Construction Users Roundtable and the Associated Builders and Contractors are calling on the industry to promote training, recruitment, retention and career development.

"CURT and ABC members recognize that training, education, recruitment and retention are essential to excellence in construction," said Greg Sizemore, CURT executive vice president.

An 18-member group of CURT and ABC members has been formed. At a May 10 meeting in Charlotte, N.C., the group identified several topics to be explored by subcommittees: owner requirements for training, career-path development and retention, and contractor compensation.

Each subcommittee will develop a comprehensive problem statement and recommend action plans to deal with them. In addition, several individual members of the group have lobbied the Construction Industry Institute to fund a research project on the return on investment of owner-supported and funded training programs.

"With this new initiative, ABC and CURT have made a commitment to providing leadership in addressing critical work force issues so the industry will be assured of an adequate supply of first-class merit-shop craftsmen and managers," said Kirk Pickerel, ABC president and CEO.

The subcommittees were scheduled to meet throughout the summer and the entire group will meet in early September.