At Cotney Construction Law, we often feature articles that educate you on the most up-to-date technologies in the industry. Although we celebrate innovation, as we discussed last section, in this technology savvy time we are living in, this could sometimes come at the expense of the highly skilled construction worker.
As Clearwater construction attorneys, we encourage new and effective ways of recruiting the right young individuals to bridge the skills gap and utilize these technological advancements to the industry’s benefit. This means that our young prospective workers need to have adaptability for the future of the construction industry to prosper. This also means that we will need to provide these talented young men and women with the right education and thorough training to be ready to answer the call.
If you are interested in learning more about the apprenticeship program initiative, please read sections one and two of this four-part article. In this final section, we will discuss how to address these issues in order to properly fix this labor shortage problem.
Understanding the Modern Construction Worker
Approximately 10 percent of construction workers have a bachelor’s degree. In other words, for most modern day workers starting out in the construction industry, they typically lack a formal educational background and learn how to perform their work tasks through on-the-job training and first-hand experience. In some cases, this can be a steep learning curve for workers especially when you consider how quickly some technologies may alter and impact this process. Ideally, the construction sector wants applicants that have the right educational background and preliminary training to not only enter the workforce but also to seamlessly adapt to evolving industry needs as well.
With the implementation of an effective apprenticeship initiative, young workers will have a foundation of education, “soft skills” training that should help develop both their overall intelligence and social skills, along with in-depth industry knowledge through educational courses in construction management. The concept is simple. We need our young workers prepared from day one, but willing and able to adapt to new challenges in the industry when they arise in the future. By implementing a foundational-level educational system and providing a thorough training of industry processes, young prospective workers will be prepared to begin their career path and remain an effective part of the process for many decades to come.
Remember, if you are a contractor and in need of legal counsel pertaining to any industry need, our Clearwater construction lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.