In this five-part article, we are discussing ways to effectively bridge the skills gap. As we discussed in the first section, politicians in Washington are currently determining the best way to implement one million more opportunities for prospective workers in the construction industry. As St. Pete construction lawyers, we know that part of this process of improving recruitment efforts is understanding where we have failed in the past. One reason why this dilemma exists is that we have apparently failed to provide prospective workers with the right training programs and educational opportunities to cultivate their career.
Training Opportunities and Education
Although there are many factors that come into play when discussing how the skills gap became such an apparent issue, it’s a fact that most prospective workers desire a career path with a structured educational background and entry-level training to ensure they are ready to join the workforce. Hence, why the majority of high school students opt to go to a four-year college rather than join the construction sector.
The perception of most high school students is that a career in construction is the last resort. It’s also an unfortunate fact that many once prominent unions and organizations, that trained many skilled workers in the past to flourish in the industry, no longer have the resources to cultivate this upcoming generation of talent. Without this foundation in place, construction work has an “adapt or die” perception for entry-level workers. They either learn quickly or join another line of work.
As we discussed last section, businesses in both the public and private sector can help reestablish this opportunity to provide career development and training for apprentices. This begins with recruitment efforts in high schools and other avenues (like the military) to find the next generation of talented workers. Businesses that develop training programs that give these young prospective professionals the opportunity to learn specialized skills that they can immediately utilize after high school will benefit greatly from their efforts.
Similar to the strength of the unions in the last generation of skilled workers, prospective workers can learn from the experienced professionals within these specialized private and public sectors as well. Another option is to provide more flexible and well-rounded education in trade schools. With the right education, the next generation of workers will be prepared to join the workforce on day one but have the staying power to adapt to future technologies down the road as well.
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.