For the past several years, workforce shortages have been a constant headline in the construction industry. A large contingency of the skilled labor in the United States is retiring and the younger generations aren’t filling in as quickly as needed.
The “trial-by-fire” way of “training” employees on a job site, which far too many companies are accustomed to, is a much less effective way of promoting the trades and creating a safe worksite than an apprenticeship program can be.
In order to help fill the gap and build tangible skills, the U.S. Department of Labor has recently launched a new Apprenticeship Finder Tool on Apprenticeship.gov. The tool is designed to be an easy way for job and career seekers to connect with employers who offer an apprenticeship program.
The Apprenticeship Finder Tool and platform is free for both employers and career seekers.
For career seekers
Simply enter the keyword for the career you’re looking for and the location into the “apprenticeship finder” and it will spit out the nearest apprenticeship programs to you.
If your company already has an apprenticeship program, you should first ensure that it appears on the National Labor Exchange or the State Job Board, then list your jobs, and verify that the jobs have been added to the apprenticeship finder.
To start a new apprenticeship program for your company, the website includes 5 easy steps:
- Create a program that fills your business needs
- Partner with key players in your region, like businesses and educational institutions
- Build the core components of the program, including a paid job, on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and industry-recognized credentials
- Launch your apprenticeship program, by conducting market outreach, recruiting, and starting to train apprentices.
- Receive 3rd party validation to ensure that your apprenticeship program meets the standards. The U.S. Department of Labor or state agencies are able to validate programs currently and additional Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Certifiers are coming soon.
Construction is hard work and those working hard for your company should be paid in full and on-time for all hours worked. Cash flow can certainly complicate things for contractors, as pay draws can be delayed for various reasons, but cheating workers out of money is not only unscrupulous, but is gaining attention from government agencies.
For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine the Top States to Work in Construction. Now that all 50 states have been ranked, this post will serve as the complete recap for all states in the countdown.
After 50 weeks of the Top States to Work in Construction countdown, Illinois has been crowned our champion. Illinois didn’t just win, either, they actually demolished the competition. All construction professions combined for the state averaged $33.39 after adjusting for cost of living, which even topped #2 Missouri’s total average hourly rate by $4.42.
Everyone in the construction has heard over and over again how young people just aren’t interested in joining the construction industry. What you don’t hear a lot about are the groups and organizations who are actively working to change that. The ACE Mentor Program is one of those organizations making a positive impact for the next generation.
The biggest story in the construction industry last year was a shocking pedestrian bridge collapse that killed 6 and injured many others on FIU’s campus in Miami, Florida. Since the collapse, there have been many civil lawsuits filed, a closed OSHA investigation, and an ongoing NTSB investigative report. The General Contractor on that project, Munilla Construction Management (MCM), has recently filed for bankruptcy protection, according to the Miami Herald.
It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of our nearly year long journey counting down the top states to work in construction. In the runner up position we have Missouri, yet another from the Midwest in the top 10, is a relatively large state, both in population and size, with a lower than average population density. That could be a contributing factor to its low cost of living, at 10.1% below the national average, according to MERIC.
Ladders are one of the most widely used and necessary pieces of equipment on a construction jobsite. They’re also one of the most misused and abused pieces of equipment on a jobsite. In addition to being one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations each year, it also accounts for too many of the industry’s yearly fatalities and countless injuries.
Minnesota is about as average as you can get in terms of cost of living, according to MERIC, as they’re only 0.2% lower than the national average, making them the closest to the center in the country. That also means that they barely benefited from our cost of living adjustment, but the fact that they’re ranked 3rd says a lot about their un-adjusted wages.
Even though OSHA recently eliminated the need for employers to electronically submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301, citing privacy concerns, companies are still responsible for submitting OSHA Form 300A – and the deadline is fast approaching.
We interrupt this utter domination by Midwest states in our top 10 list with a West Coast state: Washington. This is the only non-Midwest state that has landed in the top 10 so far and, spoiler alert, it’s the only one you’re going to see.