Skilled Construction Workforce Shortage
It's time to coordinate industry workforce solutions. Join COAA in an effort to help resolve the workforce shortage crisis.
The construction industry is facing a serious crisis - a shortage of skilled workers. Some of the reasons cited include an aging workforce 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
The pool of talent that performs the actual construction, renovation, and repair work is dwindling, 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 safety 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 help remedy the problem.
Strategic Initiatives Underway
- Develop a national strategy on workforce 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.
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.
If you're a COAA member and interested in discussing this issue, sharing ideas, and learning from peers, join the Workforce eForum discussion in Microsoft TEAMS by contacting Jill McKenzie.
- Teach, Train, Promote, Retain: Lessons Learned from the Workforce Development webinar series from the COAA-CA - May 2023
- 'Break the norms' - Spotsylvania mom first female to work in pit at Culpeper stone quarry - Culpeper Star-Exponent - October 2022
- Apprentice program at Germanna Community College helps non-traditional students become heavy equipment operators - October 2022
- Loudoun County Public Schools' Academies of Loudoun offers a hands-on, real world pathway to a skilled trade - January 2022
- GBCA Construction Today article, "Local Commerical Construction Leaders Help Middle & High Schools Students Build Rewarding Careers"
- Issue I, 2021
- COAA Whitepaper: Skilled Construction Workforce Shortage: What Owners Can Do - August 2020
- Restoring the Dignity of Work: Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System into a World Leader - July 2018