We all know that the smaller pool of workers in our industry has made it difficult to hire quality craftsmen. And unfortunately, the research shows that the labor shortage is only getting worse! It doesn’t help that the school shop department is a thing of the past, and more and more students are being encouraged to go into white collar careers, even if it’s a lifestyle that doesn’t fit everybody. Thankfully, this need for talented trades people has caused some amazing innovation in our industry. Here are some avenues that employers like you can take advantage of to build a highly-skilled team that will help you grow your business:
There are 6.2 million unfilled job openings in America, which is up from 5.6 million in 2016. Companies can’t find workers that have the skills they need to hire for – in fact 45% of small businesses were unable to find qualified candidates to fill a job opening last year. And, 60% of all employers have job openings that stay vacant for a year or more! It’s especially prevalent in the trades, ranked as the #1 most difficult of jobs to fill for over 5 years now.