Construction-Specific Recommendations

  • Make safety a priority (especially for this kind of work) including proper Personal Protective Equipment training and supervision.
  • Ensure that within your staff team you have someone with the ability to manage the business side and someone with the ability to manage the project in terms of scheduling, sub-contracting, material management etc.  More than a third of your time is often lost on construction projects due to scheduling.
  • Hire sub-contractors directly who understand the program and who are willing to mentor youth.
  • Have staff with a balance of youth worker skills and carpentry/construction skills, so they can manage both sides of the work.
  • Recognize and address the high start-up cost to the youth (i.e. transportation, Personal Protective Equipment, work clothes and safety equipment, etc.)