The Great Hall Project elevated its level of transparency with the introduction of the public dashboard last summer. This monthly update provides the status of the project including construction milestones, budget, safety, and minority- and women-owned business participation.
One measurement on the dashboard that consistently exceeds its goal is participation in the Workforce Program - specifically the apprentice hours worked. The Phase 1 project goal is for apprenticeship hours to be at least 5% of all craft hours. The May dashboard shows that Hensel Phelps is exceeding that goal at an impressive 14.9%.
The apprentice hours provide people entering into the trades opportunities to gain experience and train for a permanent position in the future. To reach this goal, Hensel Phelps created a team dedicated to workforce development and partnered with WORKNOW. This is a program developed in conjunction with the City and County of Denver, to provide multilingual training to current workers and new job seekers. The Great Hall Project apprentices apply to the WORKNOW program by providing their certification and working a three-month provisional period. Subsequently, they go through a more permanent approval process. As a member of WORKNOW, employees can receive supportive services including tools, gear and financial assistance.
The structural work in the main terminal has been a key factor in the success of the workforce program for Hensel Phelps. Elements of the project, such as the steel supports, provide an excellent training opportunity for apprentices that will translate to future career opportunities.
“At the height of Phase 1, there are over 40 apprentices working the Great Hall Project right now covering trades from electricians and plumbers to sheet metal workers and pipefitters, some of whom were already WORKNOW members and many of whom were enrolled into the program with the support of the Great Hall team,” said Maxine Pryor, M/WBE and Workforce program manager. “
If you are interested in receiving more information about WORKNOW, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Opportunities page on the Great Hall Project page.