In 2008, CEA supported the establishment of Contractors Assistance Association (CAA) to advance the inclusion of women and minorities in the Northeast Ohio Construction Industry. Our focus is on creating and sharing solution-oriented approaches.
- Training. We provide our small, minority- and female-owned contractor members with the business education and construction training necessary for success.
- Mentoring. Our mentoring program encourages joint ventures whereby established contractors share business and industry knowledge and give assistance to small minority- and female-owned construction firms;
- Contractors Assistance Association. In addition to spearheading training and mentoring programs and courses, CAA partners with organized labor to promote careers in construction trades and encourage application for joint apprenticeship programs among diverse populations.
- Work Now: Construction Initiative. This program provides 4 weeks of hands-on training for women and minorities interested in construction careers, in addition to job placement and assistance for participants.
- Construction Career Awareness Program. This collaborative effort with Hard Hatted Women and the Contractors Assistance Association provides Cleveland Metropolitan School District middle school students with insights into the wide range of careers in construction. The program emphasizes communications and teamwork as important workplace skills. The program has been supported by Turner Construction through employees who talk about project management, engineering, trade workers and helpers, using blueprints and sample materials as aids. CEA is working to expand this program to a multi-day event and to other school systems.
- Diverse Worker Program. We recognize the importance of diversity in the workforce. If you are a CEA contractor seeking diverse candidates for construction employment, please complete this form. We will make connections with community workforce partners to assist your efforts.
Other Diversity in Construction Initiatives
CEA serves on the City of Cleveland’s Construction Diversity & Inclusion (Mayor Jackson's Community Benefit Agreement MOU) Committee; Suplier DIversity Councils with several institutions; Fannie M. Lewis Residency Construction Advisory Committee (“Fannie Lewis Committee”). Through the Fannie Lewis Committee, and various Owner Diversity & Inclusion committees, CEA has been working to identify solutions to greater inclusion of minorities on Cleveland-area projects.
We also support ongoing dialogue between well-established contractors and small minority- and female-owned construction firms through CEA’s board of directors and trade associations, networking opportunities and engagement with community activities and initiatives.