February 10, 2017
Construction Dive said it best: “Master suites don’t frame themselves, nails stay in the gun, and kitchens aren’t plumbed without a trained and reliable workforce making it all happen.” But when the industry loses 40% its workforce, as it did from 2006-2011, things don’t get built.
With demand for buildings returning, builders are getting creative when it comes to finding that skilled labor. Some solutions have been to boost wages, create and support training programs, and seeking outside of markets, regions and even states for new workers. Many builders and general contractors are also running leaner operations.
But what seems to really resonate with the builders is high school vocational training as a long-term solution to the trade shortage. Unfortunately, while such programs are popular among students, they’re also under-funded.
Until more long-term solutions can be put in place, labor shortages and extended delivery times will likely be the norm, rather than exception.
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