Whether you’re a contractor, subcontractor, or supplier, it’s evident that America needs fixing. Unfortunately, construction professionals have no control over the priorities of owners, and, more often than not, investments are based on ROI, not necessity. The government is fully aware of America’s ailing infrastructure, and politicians are working diligently to address the issue, but it’s going to take a cohesive effort between the government and the construction industry to get the job done.
In this two-part series, the Orlando construction lawyers at Cotney Construction Law will discuss the importance of a renewed national effort to address America’s infrastructure problems and the things contractors can do to help. As you continue to grow your business and take on new and diverse projects, consult our Orlando construction lawyers for assistance with dispute resolution, license defense, contract review, lien law, bond law, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defense, and more.
It’s Time to Train More Workers
As a country, we need to invest in a renewed effort to boost the number of men and women being trained to work in various building trades. There are three main reasons why we need to develop workers with these special skills:
- To fix America’s decrepit infrastructure
- To preserve old houses for new generations of homeowners
- To maintain our country’s national parks for future generations
Statistics Tell the Story
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are currently 400,000 vacant construction jobs in the United States. Over the last three years, this number has varied between 200,000 and 350,000, which means the employment situation in the construction industry has become increasingly dire as of late. With other industries currently experiencing low unemployment rates, it’s important for the construction industry to shun antiquated recruitment techniques and embrace new hiring practices that bring nontraditional workers into the fold.
Another statistic from the BLS sheds more light on the root of the problem: the median age for construction workers in the United States is 42.5 years. In other words, our construction workforce is aging rapidly. To throw salt in the wound, there’s a substantial drop-off for construction workers younger than 25 years old. Although new construction-related training initiatives and recruiting efforts are helping bring new workers to the industry, it’s clear that organizations need to step up for the sake of our industry and the country as a whole.
To learn more about how contractors can fix America, read part two.
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.