A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

As we take time to reflect this season, it’s easy to think of reasons to thank a craftsperson..With all the areas of construction that impact our daily lives, finding reasons to show gratitude to a craft professional isn’t hard. Our world depends on these highly skilled individuals.
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December 21, 2018
Without a doubt, the construction industry knows we’re facing a skilled worker shortage, particularly as the baby boomers retire. We understand we need more young people choosing the industry and to begin learning skills. But who is training the new recruits?
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December 07, 2018
When exoskeletons are mentioned, something like Iron Man may come to mind — a full body suit that provides strength, protection, maybe even hover capabilities? We wish! But that doesn't mean that what is available for the construction industry isn't just as cool or even more useful.
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November 20, 2018
What began as a week celebration in 2005 expanded to a full month in 2013. For the last five years, NCCER and its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative have celebrated October as Careers in Construction Month (CICM), with more and more states proclaiming each year.
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October 11, 2018
With 80 percent of contractors reporting difficulty in finding hourly skilled craft professionals, we must continue our drive to recruit, train and retain individuals within the workforce. Although we are seeing increases in funding, we are lacking the trained workers to build our infrastructure and projects.
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October 05, 2018
Do you ever wonder who brings theme parks to life? As a Florida native, theme parks are a favorite pastime and I had the opportunity to speak with Julie Holmes, owner and president of JK2 Scenic, a company that adds a touch of magic to parks such as Universal Orlando.
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August 23, 2018
Do your goals for the future include a career with opportunity to grow? Check. Good paycheck? Check. Chance to travel? Check. Working outdoors? Check. Working indoors? Check that too. The opportunities in construction are endless and your career path is up to you.
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June 15, 2018
You know that one street that always seems to be a bit rough and filled with potholes?  Every town I’ve lived in seems to have the one road that needs to be under construction.  Roads like that are part of the plan to rebuild our infrastructure, but who’s going to do it? Sixty-one thousand jobs were added to the construction industry in February, a significant portion of the 313,000 positions that were added to the job market that month.  It comes as no surprise to those of us in the industry; it’s been estimated that there will be a shortage of 1.5 million craft professionals by 2021.
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April 13, 2018