Moving the Needle: Professional Development, Construction and the Bottom Line
According to a recent FMI study, the construction industry will be short 1.5 million workers by 2014. This statistic is staggering and must be addressed now by workforce development professionals if we are to prepare our current and future workforce for the challenges that lie ahead in a recovering and highly competitive construction market.
In the latest issue of The Cornerstone, NCCER’s bi-annual publication, we discuss the sizeable impact recruiting will have on the future of the construction industry. Acutely aware of its declining numbers, major players in the construction sector are targeting untapped workforces and developing robust recruiting programs. These programs promote the development of young students seeking a career in the construction market and allow students to gain exposure to craft-specific skills and career opportunities.
NCCER and the Construction Workforce Development Center are working together to head the Choose Construction Initiative (CCI), which focuses on recruitment, training, retention and image-enhancement within the construction industry.…