Currently, there is a construction labor shortage. It’s becoming hard for companies to find and retain skilled workers. A lot of young people hold misconceptions about a blue-collar career.
So what are people doing to find the skilled workers?
- Connect with schools, families, career counselors, and community leaders to combat and address myths and stereotypes about the labor and construction industry. The average salary for skilled trades is over $65,000 and 27% of trade school grads earn more than degree earners.
- Create opportunities for young people to work for you part time or as an apprentice of intern.
- Connect to industrial networks. Sign up for meet-and-greats to meet young people who are training for trades in high school, middle school, and college level.
- Be a regular presence at job fairs.
- Don’t gender stereotype. Find ways to attract skilled female workers. Prove to women they are safe from workplace discrimination and occupational hazards.
- Consider second-chance applicants. Hiring formerly incarcerated people have higher retention rates with lower turnover.
- Create a work environment that is safe, healthy, and supportive.
- Offer competitive, location-specific salaries.
- Offer medical, dental, and vision benefits.
- Offer parental leave.
- Offer mental health support.
- Provide job training.
- Offer employment advancement opportunities.
- Offer referral bonuses.
Ignore the myths. Construction is a rewarding career. You will get trained. You will have many opportunities. You will get paid well. You will get advancements in your career. It costs a lot less to start a trade than go to a four-year college.
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