So, in one of our previous blog posts we discussed how the Association of General Contractors of America has declared that 2014 will be the year that sees the construction industry rise to levels it has not seen since the financial meltdown of 2008. People are ecstatic because that means the pot-holed filled roads that they travel on may be getting fixed, their office buildings might get renovated and, most importantly, there will be more jobs for contractors. But, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and as construction employment continues to raise the probability of a skills crunch, which has both employers and employees on edge.
At the end of April of this year, American contractors added 32,000 workers to their payrolls. That might not seem like a lot of jobs when you figure that that’s data from all 50 states but the second number the AGC reported may surprise you. By May 1st, the number of total employed contractors rose to nearly 6 million. That’s the highest it’s been in five years. So, not only is the AGC predicting that 2014 will be a huge year for contractors but we are seeing a substantial increase in employment opportunities across the continental U.S.
The problem is the jobs that employers need contractors to do may require some form of skill or training. They need specialists and with the way the economy has looked over the past 5 years it just hasn’t been practical to become a specialist. That means paying for training that may not pay off over the long haul.
Stephen E. Sandherr, the AGC’s chief executive officer is fighting for contractor education as he encourages the government to invest in that education.
“If elected and appointed officials don’t act soon to improve the quantity and quality of training opportunities for future workers, many construction employers will struggle to find the workers they need,” said Sandherr.
Employers across America are going to need a variety of specialists to help them complete projects in an ever-expanding industry. By investing in training programs and contractor education government officials would lower unemployment and increase the number of skilled laborers within the industry. If you would like to support the AGC’s initiative please contact your local or state politicians and tell them how important further training could be to you and your career.