To counter the shortage of skilled construction employees at every level, the RIAGC supports construction workforce development through a variety of programs. Recent activities include cooperation with BuildRI, a labor-management partnership organization, to provide a $250,000 grant from the union-supported RIAGC Industry Advancement Fund. This grant will help renovate office and classroom space that The Providence Plan is leasing for its YouthBuild Providence job training and education programs in the Olneyville Housing Corp.’s headquarters building in Providence. The RIAGC also works with the RIAGC student chapter at Roger Williams University. It has provided $10,000 grants in each of the last two years to the New England Laborers charter school in Cranston. In addition, the organization has worked with secondary schools, such as the Warwick and Chariho career and technical centers to accredit their residential carpentry programs to meet the uniform national standards developed by the National Center for Education and Research for the national AGC organization.