10 million skilled workers needed by 2020
Over the years our trade infrastructure has broken down. The sense of pride in working with your hands, eroded. Although construction is among the fastest-growing industries, there are challenges in finding and training capable employees across all disciplines.
Just ask the builder whose worksite remains inactive while he tracks down talent, the architect who has a vision but lacks a team with the technical knowledge to execute, the DIYer frantically trying to stop a leak in his YouTube-installed pipe, and they’ll tell you, these skills are desperately needed.
That is why CertainTeed is partnering with Fine Homebuilding and SkillsUSA to help rebuild the skilled labor force. This year CertainTeed will donate $20,000 in scholarships to honor and support students interested in pursuing a trade. We are also starting an initiative to gather the stories of the tradesmen and women out there working hard every day.
Together we can close this gap. It won’t be easy, but then again, easy is not for everyone.
Far Reaching Consequences
Construction is a huge part of the economy but without a full labor force building has been constrained forcing housing costs up. In this video we explore how to help bridge the skill gap and get America growing again.