OFCCP’s Mega Construction Project Program (MCP Program) fosters diversity in the construction trades among federal contractors and subcontractors working on large federal construction projects valued at $25 million or more and lasting more than one year.
With this approach, OFCCP concentrates its limited resources on construction projects that have the most potential for making a positive economic difference in a community today and into the future. Through the MCP Program, OFCCP can have immediate impacts on contractor and subcontractor recruitment and hiring practices and can help build robust pipelines of applicants that include qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans who can be connected with long term available employment opportunities in construction trades.
Jobs in construction require skills, dedication, and commitment, and in return provide decent wages, benefits, and the satisfaction of being part of a growing middle class. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in March 20171 that construction and extraction occupations had employment of nearly 5.6 million in May 2016, representing 4 percent of total national employment. Employment of construction and extraction occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, a gain of about 747,600 new jobs. Overall growth in the economy and population will increase demand for new buildings, roads, and other structures, which will create new jobs in construction and extraction occupations. As of May 2016, the median annual wage for all construction and extraction occupations was $43,610, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040.
OFCCP’s MCP Program offers contractors and subcontractors working on large federal construction projects extensive compliance assistance at the earliest stages of the project. By providing such compliance assistance on the front end, OFCCP helps to educate and prepare contractors and subcontractors to comply with OFCCP regulations and increase diversity in the construction trades. OFCCP also helps to build partnerships between the public and private sectors; relevant federal, state and local government agencies; the project funding agency; prime contractor; subcontractors; unions; apprenticeship and pre–apprenticeship programs; American Job Centers; worker centers; community colleges; Tribal Employment Rights Offices; Women’s Apprenticeship and Non–Traditional Occupations grantees; and other community organizations and resources that can supply qualified workers– to share ideas, linkages and resources.
OFCCP recognizes the value of making job and apprenticeship opportunities accessible to community based organizations and job seekers. It is partnering with the Office of Apprenticeship to bring awareness to construction contractors of the benefits of integrating apprenticeship into their training development programs. It is also working with organizations that can assist with expanding access to career and apprenticeship opportunities in the construction industry, many of which include work or apprenticeships on Mega Construction Projects. These partnerships further OFCCP’s mission of promoting diversity through equal employment opportunity and facilitating relationships between contractors seeking workers and job seekers.