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Schatzec Parham, NHEO Institute Future Builders Fellow
Since NHEO Institute Launched in 2008 we have provided programs and opportunities to help Construction workers and students get the skills they need to succeed. Throughout our journey, to positively impact the construction industry, we’ve partnered with companies and individuals committed to building a better world.
The construction industry is evolving and so is its workforce. Historically, construction has been a male dominated industry.
Fast forward to today, women are key members of the now progressive, gender-balanced business. The construction industry is transitioning into a more diverse and inclusive workspace. 1/1Oth of every construction worker in the US is female. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry can expect to see a 12% growth of employment from women alone.
Noelia Puentes from the NHEO Institute team, recently visited IOC Company facilities with the CEO of the company, Oscar Cuellar, who are members of the NHEO Institute.
IOC Company is a full-service company whose goal is to build local roads, airfields, streets and highways, parking lots, and industrial pavements.
Construction has been deemed essential by the federal government; however, many mayors have ordered a freeze on constructionsites with exceptions for hospitals and emergency work only. Is your company carrying on with business as usual?
Interview by Maria Silva, NHEO Institute Community Development.
Please tell us about your role and your background.
I am the Director of Safety Services at Mallory Safety & Supply. I started my career in commercial construction as a Union Carpenter in New Jersey. I completed a 4 year apprenticeship at the Joseph J. Aries Technical Training Center and worked on a variety of jobsites at that time, primarily performing heavy concrete and bridge work. After becoming a Journeyman Carpenter and attending a multitude of safety training classes, I decided to pursue a career in construction safety.
NHEO Institute recently participated at the ConExpo 2020 Tradeshow in Vegas with the goal of taking the ‘Building a Safer Future’ campaign globally.
Our goal is to provide top of the safety and health class resources in multiple languages to the contractors as well as all the business owners, so that chances of their success improves. This campaign was first launched in 2018 and its primary aim is to reduce the construction-related accidents and hazards and eliminate them.
How did you get involved with NHEO Institute?
I got involved through one of the job post on our University of Houston websites because I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about my career field which is in Corporate Communications.
How did you get involved with NHEO Institute? Why?
I came across the opening for the Corporate Communications Intern position on my school’s job search engine. I am interested in getting a job in Marketing or Advertising after I graduate college and a lot of the job functions (promoting a campaign, creating content for social media) were the kind of stuff that I wanted to do. Once I did my initial interview and heard what the organization was about, I was on board.
At the NHEO Institute we continue to work to help an essential industry. Right now, our entire community is focused on continuing to move forward in order to transform the challenges of the industry. We believe that knowledge is the key that opens new opportunities.
For this reason, we have designed exclusive programs, in English and Spanish, that will help you resolve conflicts in productivity and job training.