Strategic Industry Partnership Submitted By:
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation


Community Challenge/Problem

The Critical Path, a report based on a first-of-its-kind data and opinion gathering study of the future of the construction industry, covers technologies, building processes, business planning, and efficiencies the industry is adopting in order to remain competitive and deliver value to customers. It covers skills gaps, educational attainment and six (6) recommendations to Maryland’s education system to teach and train the workforce of the future.

Board Solution/Innovation

The Critical Path is the beginning of a plan to build a world-class education system for Maryland’s construction and industry. MCCEI is collaborating with partners in industry, education, and government to strategically implement the recommendations made in The Critical Path report.

Outcomes & Results

A set of strategies has been produced for Maryland construction stakeholders, including industry business owners, state policymakers, the Maryland State Department of Education, and state colleges and universities. Strategies include, but are not limited to the following:

1. The creation or expansion of Construction Education Programs
2. Better alignment of educational and apprenticeship programs
with new construction skill requirements.
3. The establishment or strengthening of articulation between
multiple education systems in an effort to define educational
pathways for careers in Construction.
4. The formation of a public image campaign aimed at increasing
the attractiveness of construction-related career options.
5. The development of a strategy to entice demographic groups
that have not historically participated in the industry's
6. The recognition and adaptation of substantial technological
changes in the construction environment necessary to keep the
industry competitive.

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