Phrases like “skilled labor shortage” and “skilled worker deficit” cause anxiety and dread for construction trade business owners and operators.
Finding skilled workers, or workers willing to acquire skills, plagues the construction trades industry. The trades industry consists of manufacturers, tradespeople, business owners, suppliers, trades organizations and unions. Every facet of this industry feels the pains of the skilled labor shortage. Tradespeople are retiring at a far greater rate than apprentices are replacing them, leaving the industry to ponder, “How do we get young people to fill these skilled labor jobs?”