(Columbia, S.C.) – With an anticipated 1,000 additional jobs coming to the South Carolina asphalt paving industry over the next five years, the South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association (SCAPA), a nonprofit trade association representing the state’s asphalt pavement industry, is seeking to increase partnerships with agencies, organizations and schools across the state. Part of the Asphalt Works! campaign, such partnerships will allow SCAPA to strengthen the industry’s workforce pipeline, providing training and raising awareness to the benefits of working in the asphalt industry.
South Carolina has the fourth largest highway system in the country, and the passage of the 2017 South Carolina Roads Bill is funding a massive resurfacing project, which will bring more than half of the state’s roads up to “good” condition in 10 years. SCAPA and its member organizations are preparing for this expanding workforce by visiting with schools, vocational centers, state agencies and other organizations to encourage people to apply or consider a career in the asphalt industry.
“There is a national resurgence of vocational education and skilled trades, which may suit students looking to thrive outside of a traditional four-year education,” says Ashley R. Batson, Esq., SCAPA executive director. “The asphalt industry offers swift career advancement, high-paying skilled jobs and a family environment where workers feel a great sense of integrity and pride in their work.”
SCAPA launched the statewide Asphalt Works! campaign earlier this year to promote the hiring need and to highlight career opportunities.
SCAPA is working with entities such as the Midlands Education and Business Alliance, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, and adult education groups across Richland, Lexington and Fairfield Counties.
Additionally, SCAPA representatives visited with students in Greenville County Schools earlier this year, and the organization will speak with Department of Juvenile Justice students, who are working on their high school equivalency requirements and looking at career options.
SCAPA is interested in connecting with academic institutions, job placement organizations and other statewide businesses to partner and help construct one of the most vital resources in the state’s economy — roads. A good road system is crucial for bringing commerce to the state, including relocating businesses, transporting goods and the tourism industry. For information on how an organization can benefit from collaboration with SCAPA, visit https://www.asphaltworkssc.org/ or email [email protected].