Back to School – Aging Workforce – Consider Construction


If you are under 24 years old and heading back to school, construction might be something to consider as a lucrative career. With the industry facing labor shortages and aging workforce, many companies across the United States are experimenting with different techniques to recruit youth into the construction industry. It is no longer the vo-tech  environment of yesteryear with many companies are struggling to find quality workers or youth willing to receive on-the-job training.

In the three period, from 2007 to 2010, the construction industry lost around 30 percent of their workforce. National Association of Home Builders economist, Robert Dietz, stated in 2015 that “Scarcity of labor has been a top challenge this year, and it’s not going away next year.” Rober Dietz also said, in May of 2016, that  “the overall trend for open construction jobs has been an increasing since the end of the Great Recession.” Anytime there is a shortage, that means there’s an opportunity available on the flip-side. If you have children going back to school, you might have them do a little research on careers in construction.

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