Recruiting and hiring in the skilled trades has been challenging across the country, but the construction industry appears particularly hard-hit. Skills gaps are predicted to stall industry growth as employers scramble to fill vacancies. Many report turning down lucrative contracts because they simply don’t have the staff to execute.
Stakeholders are responding in that industry and others with new partnerships between business, educators and governments.
In Detroit, for example, lawmakers are working with employers to improve the talent pipeline with renewed investment in infrastructure as well as new apprenticeship opportunities.