Construction Today - January 2017 - 10

BEST PRACTICES

IN DEMAND

There's no time to lose in using tactics to attract and retain workers. BY DUANE WINGATE

the industry expands, the
ยป Aswidespread
lack of skilled labor
is increasing.

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lthough 36 states added construction jobs between August 2015
and August 2016, construction
employment increased in only 24
states between this July and August, according to the Associated General Contractors
of America (AGC), primarily because firms
that wanted to increase their headcount
could not find qualified workers to hire. The
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the
industry will grow 28.8 percent by 2022,
meanwhile tightness in the labor supply will
only continue to increase in the years ahead.
What's driving the growth in today's
construction industry? During the Great
Recession, no industry was hit harder than
construction. As a result, capital improvement projects were shelved, and new construction was halted, while existing struc-

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tures continued to age and depreciate. Many of these projects were
urgently needed even before the recession, and now the backlog is
increasingly critical.
In addition, residential construction is expected to grow over the
next decade to meet the needs of a growing population as the oldest
children of the baby boomers reach their peak house-buying years.
Demand by an expanding older population for senior housing and
healthcare residences will lead to further growth in the industry, and
all types of medical treatment facilities geared to the growing elderly
population are needed.
As the industry continues to expand, the widespread lack of
skilled labor is also increasing, due to changing trends that have
combined to cripple what was once a robust education pipeline for
new construction workers: the dismantling of public vocational
and technical education programs; declining participation in union
apprenticeship training; and increased focus on college preparatory programs at the high school level. These practices prevail even
though, in today's market, plumbers, electricians and carpenters
who enter trade schools and graduate can often be making six


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