It's time to coordinate industry workforce solutions. Join COAA in an effort to help resolve the workforce shortage crisis.

Workforce Development Initiative - COAA Takes a Stand

The construction industry is facing a serious problem - a shortage of skilled workers.  Some of the reasons cited include an aging workforce, downsizing due to the economy, and an industry image that does not promote a safe and healthy work environment or transition opportunities for folks as they mature in their career.  

"Whatever the reasons, the shortage must be solved." 
                                                                        - Mike Kenig, Holder Construction

As the market continues to improve and construction in all or most segments increases, the pool of talent that performs the actual construction, renovation, and repair work dwindles both in quantity and quality, particularly in trades that demand years of training and hands-on experience.  Without improved recruiting, training, and retention, we almost certainly face a decrease in quality of work, increased costs, increased saftey issues, and other concerns. 

COAA is taking a stand to help educate Owners, associates, and other industry partners about the workforce deficit issue and encourages Owners to begin taking steps to remedy the problem. 

Strategic Initiatives Underway

  • Develop a national strategy on work force issues.
  • Make connections on a local level to implement solutions.
  • Increase awareness of local training and apprenticeship programs.
  • Recognize Owners who are taking steps to improve or at least call attention to the problem.

Resource links are provided at left to help you find other organizations to support this initiative.  Watch the Workforce Shortage webinar (on demand) to learn more about why Owners should care and what you can do to create meaningful solutions.  And, watch for more content on the workforce shortage issue at future COAA conferences and chapter workshops.

Join us in the effort.