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.
In March of 2018, an under construction pedestrian bridge on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed onto an open street below, killing 6 and injuring several others. Many investigations and lawsuits are still ongoing after the tragedy, but OSHA has released their official report after a roughly 14 month long investigation.
Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast Competition is underway for 2019 and the voting booth is officially open. As part of the contest this year, we will be highlighting one of the contest’s nominees each week. This week we highlight The ConTechCrew Podcast.
According to a 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the construction industry sadly ranks first in total suicides and second in suicide rate compared to all other industries in the United States. In response, OSHA has recently published a webpage with resources to help prevent suicides in the construction industry.
As a storm blew through the Dallas, Texas area on Sunday afternoon, a tower crane standing near an occupied apartment building collapsed causing at least one fatality and 6 injuries.
Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast Competition is underway for 2019 and the voting booth is officially open. As part of the contest this year, we will be highlighting one of the contest’s nominees each week. This week we highlight The Lien Zone Podcast (TLZ).
Father’s Day 2019 is June 16, so you better get started on gift ideas if you want to impress dad this year. Whether your father is contractor, handyman, or DIYer, we’ve got a lot of great ideas for him this year.
Modular construction has long been touted as the next great way to build – and for good reason. Being able to build off-site, in climate controlled environments has a great deal of benefits. As with any drastic change in building method, though, there are plenty of learning curves, but we’ve noticed many larger cities are investing heavily in the concept, showing that many are still confident that modular has its place.
As you may know, Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast competition is underway for 2019. Starting this year, I will be publishing an in-depth article about each of the competition’s nominees. What better way to start than with last year’s contest winner: CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio?
Managing careers in construction is something that both employees and employers struggle with. For employers, trying to balance overhead costs and keeping talent is an age old challenge. For many employees, there are a ton of uncertainties, like consistency of work and finding the right company for their skills and interests. To help those in the construction industry to make better career decisions, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) have released an e-book titled The Ultimate Construction Career Guide.
If you’re like me, you get excited when a character on TV show or movie works in the construction industry. With all of the characters that I’ve met in the industry over the years, you’d think there would be more of them blessing the screen. Nevertheless, I’ve compiled my list of favorite construction workers from TV or movies.