skilled worker shortage

Construction Training Partnership EARNs Grant Funding in Maryland

0 January 10, 2014  Careers in Construction, featured, The Skills Gap

The Baltimore Metro Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors was recently announced as a recipient of an EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Maryland grant by the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR).  The EARN Maryland program is a state-funded workforce and economic development grant initiative that was passed by the state’s legislature during […]


Construction Career Training Report Highlights Employer Involvement

0 December 19, 2013  featured, Studies, Workforce Issues

Vocational education is in the midst of a renaissance, according to a new report published by the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy’s Center for State and Local Leadership.  The report, written by nationally recognized policy expert Tamar Jacoby, makes the case that the growing skills gap and skyrocketing college debt has created the perfect storm […]


Maryland’s Unique Industry-Led Approach to Filling the Craft Worker Pipeline

0 October 23, 2013  featured, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

To improve its construction workforce pipeline, Maryland should focus on three areas: Generate career interest among young talent by changing the image of construction Align education with new technologies and skill sets and create stronger pathways from high school through university levels Increase the supply of 4-year Construction Management graduates produced in Maryland These findings […]


Training Tuesday Link Roundup

0 September 11, 2013  Careers in Construction, Construction Training, On The Job, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

Visit us every Tuesday to jump start your week with skills training news from around the web. 1.  Thank These Workers – Miami Herald 2.  Local schools addressing the skills gap with hands-on programs – The Widsor Star 3.  The Truth About Career And Technical Education – 4.  Vincennes University Offers Program to Teens to Jump-Start College Career […]


New Thinking Won’t End the Skills Gap – Training Will

0 September 10, 2013  featured, The Skills Gap

“We don’t have a skills gap. We have a thinking gap,” writes Lou Adler in an article for the Business Insider, “Close The Skills Gap By Throwing Out Job Descriptions.” Adler, CEO and founder of The Adler Group, a training and search firm that helps companies implement performance-based hiring, argues that the skills gap can be […]


Is the Skills Gap Real?

0 August 22, 2013  featured, The Skills Gap

Absolutely, says Dr. Bill R. Path, president of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Using the basic supply and demand model, Path lays out two scenarios in an article on the Huffington Post, where college graduates are the commodity, employers are the consumers and colleges are the suppliers: Scenario A: If demand for college graduates […]


Skilled Workforce Initiative Launches in Wisconsin

0 August 14, 2013  featured, Workforce Issues

  Behind the leadership of Gov. Scott Walker (R) and with unanimous support from the state legislature, the “Wisconsin Fast Forward” program was formally launched last week to address the Badger State’s increasing need for skilled workers. The state-wide partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Technical […]


2 Million Workers Short by 2017

0 July 2, 2013  The Skills Gap

The construction industry is facing a skilled worker shortage of 2 million by 2017, according to the spring Construction Labor Market Analyzer Report. Industrial contractors in the oil and gas industry will be particularly as new technologies and rapid expansion will put a high demand on skilled trades like welding and pipefitting – especially in […]