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Workforce Development & Refilling the Technical Talent Pool

Last year, the Homebuilders Association of Kentucky said the state’s homebuilding industry saw a critical shortage of carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians and other skilled workers. The shortage had prompted the association and its Northern Kentucky counterpart to launch their own schools to address the lack of qualified workers.

Many believe that the 2008 economic downturn had a domino effect on homebuilding for the migration of skilled workers to other fields. These workers include builders, but also people who work for builders: the skilled tradesmen, the carpenters, the framers, the finish carpenters, etc. 

However, the labor shortage is not confined to Kentucky. Many experts say it is an issue nationally and even internationally as the economy rebounds from the recession and faces upheavals from automation in fields such as healthcare, manufacturing and transportation. Skills scarcities seem to be driven by not only the advance of automation but the rise of big data, as well. Organizations, like SkillsUSA, have brought technical skills education to the forefront of the debate over preparing students for the work world once they graduate high school.

EGC is a strong believer in investing in technical skills training for its employees. By doing so, the firm has seen an improvement in quality of work, an expedited inspection process, and shortened construction timelines. EGC is helping to shape the skills and careers of its employees while building the economy of Northern Kentucky.

This article in The Lane Report discusses ways to bridge the job skills gap and provide alternative options for high school graduates.