BAYTOWN, TX - S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd. (S & B) recently celebrated the grand opening of our Craft Education and Skills Enhancement Center in Baytown, Texas. The new facility will play an important role in staffing S & B’s significant construction backlog in the US Gulf Coast region with safe, efficient and highly-qualified craft professionals.
The new 12,500 square foot facility houses three classrooms, administrative offices and five bays for hands-on craft education activities. The center will provide skill enhancement opportunities for S & B’s construction workforce across multiple disciplines, including welding, pipefitting, electrical, millwright, civil & rigging, carpentry, crane operating, ironworking, scaffolding and safety.
“This new Craft Education and Skills Enhancement Center is the latest chapter in S & B’s 50-year commitment to investing in our workers and creating a path to sustainable and rewarding careers,” said S & B CEO James Brookshire. “Our employees can enhance their skills in an ‘earn while you learn’ environment that will help them climb a long and rewarding career ladder in the construction industry.”
The facility serves as a central hub of S & B’s wider workforce development program, which also includes on-the-job-education activities at our construction sites, as well as our Women in Construction Apprenticeship program, which focuses on encouraging women to enter the construction industry.
S & B’s innovative model of craft education has attracted national attention. First Daughter Ivanka Trump made a surprise visit to the Craft Education and Skills Enhancement Center last week, meeting with the current Women in Construction Apprenticeship class. See photo gallery from Ivanka Trump visit.
The grand opening attracted attention from Capitol Hill as well. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and Congressman Brian Babin (R-TX) attended the event.
“The best workforce development ideas come from people like everyone I got to meet at S & B. The new Craft Education and Skills Enhancement Center is a place for talented men and women to embrace lifelong learning and cultivate the valuable skills this country desperately needs,” Foxx said. “I hope S & B will continue to open its doors to lawmakers, business leaders, and educators from across the country so we can all learn from each other and make the United States the leader it must be in workforce development and skills education.”
“S & B offers a career path to anyone with drive and ethic. Young adults can choose hands-on skilled trades as an alternative to expensive four-year colleges. Mothers can re-enter the workforce to help support their families and find rewarding jobs with full benefits. Veterans returning from service can find their next chapter in life using the skills they learned in the military. Former offenders re-entering society are finding a second chance and a new path in construction,” Brookshire said.
S & B has a strong reputation as a company that truly cares for our craft employees. We stand out in the construction industry by treating our craft employees as people and not just numbers. We are committed to the safety and personal success of each employee; as a result, S & B is an industry leader in both safety performance and craft education. S & B is simply “A Better Place to Work.”
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