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Inside construction firms’ fight for workers

September 11, 2023


One of the main problems contractors face, according to the survey, is a lack of qualifications — 68% of firms reported that applicants lacked the skills needed to work in construction.

“It is time to rethink the way the nation educates and prepares workers,” Ken Simonson, the chief economist at AGC, told listeners during a webinar last week announcing the results of the survey.

Technology has offered firms a way to train employees and make their work more accurate. As a means to upskill employees, 41% of firms are boosting spending on training and professional development programs, 25% are enhancing their online and video training capabilities and 14% are using augmented and virtual reality technology to better train workers, according to the survey.

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