Baton Rouge, La. — Rajau Persad, a 20 year old combination welder working for Turner Industries at a Geismar, La. jobsite, was one of four young craft professionals to be nationally honored and speak at the recent CII Conference in Indianapolis, In.
Persad began welding at East Ascension High School in Gonzales, La. He graduated in 2013 and continued his training at the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Pelican Chapter. He soon became a fully qualified combination welder. Turner Industries nominated him to participate in the CII Annual Conference due to his skills, aptitude and potential for advancement. “I chose a career in construction in order to earn top wages without student loan debt to be able to save for the family I want to have in the future,” said Persad.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Build Your Future initiative hosted the presentation in which Persad took part called “Survey Says: Recruitment Requires Commitment.” It highlighted the construction industry’s growing opportunities, aging workforce and how to attract young people entering the workforce. CII attendees heard directly from Persad and three other young craft professionals who are part of the millennial generation that is the future of the industry’s workforce. These young craft professionals provided insight on their paths to success, their inspiration for joining the industry and how employers can recruit the new generation of skilled craft professionals.
The Construction Industry Institute is a consortium of more than 130 leading owner, engineering-contractor and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas. These organizations have joined together to enhance the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility life cycle through CII research, related initiatives and industry alliances. A learning organization with a wealth of knowledge and information, CII is unique in the engineering and construction industry.