At the peak of the recession, the construction industry lost nearly 30 percent of its workforce. Now, the industry is facing an aging workforce, an insufficient pipeline of new workers and lost workers that moved on to other industries.
The result? According to the Construction Labor Market Analyzers’ 20/20 Foresight Report, there will be a nationwide shortage of nearly 2 million skilled craft workers by 2017.
Many in the industry are doing what they can to help close that gap, including Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), along with their chapters and members. On this blog, you will find information on merit shop training programs, careers in construction, facts and figures on the skills gap, updates on legislative and regulatory issues and some personal stories from training successes.