Industry wide, 2.3 million construction jobs were lost during the recession. Although most companies now signal a return to normal, there is a lurking crisis unfolding. When companies were forced to make tough staffing choices, it was the seasoned worker that was kept on the rolls. Young workers who needed training to become the skilled workers of today and tomorrow, were left on the sidelines to find careers elsewhere. Now, the industry’s graying workforce desperately needs workers and finds very few qualified candidates.
While we cannot undo the shortage that was created, we must work quickly to encourage new workers to explore careers in our industry and discover the wealth of opportunities for high-paying, rewarding jobs. Our industry faces an added challenge. With fewer students entering the trades, the competition for these future workers is fierce. The residential remodeling industry competes with commercial construction and unionized labor forces to attract students. Knowing that our members are struggling to find qualified workers, our chapter is taking action by creating a new event designed to inspire young workers to explore careers in residential remodeling and related fields. Through the program, students will gain hands on experience, learn about the pathways to well-paying jobs and perhaps business ownership, and meet a number of companies who may be hiring.
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EM NARI’s Remodeling Career Day is designed to expose students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (Vocational Education) programs to careers in the residential remodeling industry. Students will engage in a variety of hands on demonstrations and visit a series of informational booths throughout the morning. After the event, students will have gained specific residential remodeling skills and have a better understanding of the breadth of career options and pathways in the industry.(Graphic courtesy of Irwin Tools)
EVENT DETAILS:Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016Location: Bolton Fairgrounds, Bolton, MA
Image by Nicholas Raymond.